Sport Pilot License Requirements



Driver's license and the student pilot certificate: 

  • The Sport Pilot rule allows a pilot to fly light-sport aircraft without the need for an FAA medical certificate. However, a sport pilot must hold at least a current and valid U.S. driver's license in order to exercise this privilege.


What are the sport pilot eligibility requirements? 

  • For the sport pilot certificate, you must: 
    • Be at least 17 years old. 
    • Be able to read, speak, write, and understand English. 
    • Hold at least a third class medical, or hold a current and valid  U.S. driver's license.


What are the training requirements for becoming a sport pilot? 

  • Training requirements for a sport pilot certificate with a powered parachute rating — 
    • A minimum of 12 hours flight training from an authorized instructor. 
    • Flight training must include at least: 
      • 10 hours of flight training with an instructor in an aircraft that has dual controls (dual time). 
      • 20 takeoffs and landings to a full stop, 10 of them must be solo. 
      •  1 hour cross-country flight training.
      • 1 hour flight training in preparation for the practical test. 
      • Ground training from an instructor or home-study course. 
    • FAA knowledge test on applicable aeronautical knowledge areas. 
    • FAA practical test for the applicable light-sport aircraft privilege, also known as the Check Ride.
    • Sport pilot certificates will be issued without category/class  designation.