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Requirements for Obtaining Your Sport Pilot Certificate

  1. Be at least 17 years old.
  2. Be able to read, write and converse fluently in English.
  3. Log a minimum of 20 hours of flight time of which at least:
    1. 15 hours must be dual instruction with a qualified flight instructor.
    2. 2 hours must be cross-country dual instructor.
    3. 5 hours must be solo flight.
  4. Fly one solo cross-country over a total distance of over 75 nm to two different destinations to a full-stop landing.  At least one leg of this cross-country must be over 25 nm.

  5. Have received 3 hours of dual instruction in the preceding 60 days before the practical test.

  6.  Pass an FAA knowledge exam with a minimum grade of 70.

  7. Pass an oral and practical flight test, which will be conducted by an FAA designated examiner in accordance with the FAA Sport Pilot Practical Test Standards.

FAA Test Information:

  1. FAA PILOT KNOWLEDGE TEST consisting of 40 multiple choice questions covering:
    1. Applicable regulations of this chapter that relate to sport pilot privileges, limits, and flight operations.
    2. Accident reporting requirements of the National Transportation Safety Board.
    3. Use of the applicable portions of the aeronautical information manual and FAA advisory circulars.
    4. Use of aeronautical charts for VFR navigation using pilotage, dead reckoning, and navigation systems as appropriate.
    5. Recognition of critical weather situations from the ground and in flight, windshear avoidance, and the procurement and use of aeronautical weather reports and forecasts.
    6. Safe and efficient operation of aircraft, including collision avoidance, and recognition and avoidance of wake turbulence.
    7. Effects of density altitude on takeoff and climb performance.
    8. Weight and balance computations.
    9. Principles of aerodynamics, powerplants, and aircraft systems.
    10. Stall awareness, spin entry, spins, and spin recovery techniques, as applicable.
    11. Aeronautical decision making and risk management.
    12. Preflight actions that include:
      1. How to get information on runway lengths at airports of intended use, data on takeoff and landing distances, weather reports and forecasts, and fuel requirements.
      2. How to plan for alternatives if the planned flight cannot be completed or if you encounter delays.
  2. FAA PRACTICAL TEST where you fly with a FAA designated pilot examiner (similar to a driving test) to demonstrate you are a safe and competent pilot by performing the following pilot maneuvers:
    1. Preflight preparation.
    2. Preflight procedures.
    3. Airport operations where applicable.
    4. Takeoffs , landings, and go-arounds.
    5. Performance maneuvers.
    6. Ground reference maneuvers.
    7. Navigation.
    8. Slow flight.
    9. Stalls.
    10. Emergency Operations.
    11. Post-flight procedures.

While no medical is required, all pilots are expected to be in good health and free from any condition which may prevent safe operation of any aircraft.  All students and sport pilots must have a current driver’s license in their possession at all times and will be asked to sign the following waiver:

Medical Waiver for Sport Pilots flying WITHOUT an FAA medical in their possession:

I have not had my most recently issued medical certificate (if I hold a medical certificate) suspended or revoked or most recent Authorization for a Special Issuance of a Medical Certificate withdrawn; and Do Not know or have reason to know of any medical condition, or am I on any medication, which would make me unable to operate a light sport aircraft in a safe manner.


Sport Pilot ground training

Mid Island Flying School, a Cessna Pilot Center, uses Cessna’s web based training program. Log into your account and study wherever you are at your convenience – no need to carry textbooks. Cessna registration is included in our $329 School Enrollment fee.  Once registered, the student has access to all FAA and government flight publications at the click of a mouse. 

The Sport Pilot certificate covers gliders, gyrocopters, powered parachutes, and weight shift aircraft; however, Cessna's material is limited to airplanes.  This interactive program will help you learn and understand aeronautical regulations, concepts, procedures, theories and other extensive aviation knowledge. Watching maneuvers being performed as though sitting in the cockpit permits the student to review each flight lesson BEFORE arriving at the airport.  This advance preparation enables you to more quickly master the skills and abilities necessary to become a safe and competent pilot.  The program has built in quizzes to ensure that you understand each section before moving on to the next ground lab.  The web based program allows your instructor access to your progress so he/she will be aware of the areas requiring review at your next ground session.

To make your training more effective; once scheduled (using our 24 hour on-line scheduling program), all lessons take place rain or shine. Your instructor will prepare a ground or flight simulator lesson for days when the weather is not conducive for your particular flight lesson parameters. At our Brookhaven facility, you may use our Gleim flight simulator either solo or dual to practice your flight lessons.

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Rev. 12/30/2010