The engine is the heart of an airplane, but the pilot is its soul. -Walter Raleigh

  1. Be at least 16 to become a student pilot and fly solo (14 for gliders).
  2. Be at least 17 to test for a Sport Pilot certificate (16 for gliders).
  3. Be able to read, write, and understand English.
  4. No medical necessary, provided the FAA didn't deny, revoke, or suspend your last medical certificate application. Alternatively, you can also use a first, second or third class airman's medical to establish medical fitness.
  5. Pass an FAA Sport Pilot knowledge test, known as the written test.
  6. Complete a minimum of 20 hours of training for an airplane (times vary for aircraft types).
  7. Pass an FAA Sport Pilot practical test, known as the check ride.
  8. Receive flight instruction in an appropriate aircraft.

Make your dream of flying come true more easily than ever before. Because of EAA's efforts, flying has become easier and less expensive. Obtain an FAA Sport Pilot Certificate at a lower cost with less time commitment than the Private Pilot Certificate. Now you can become a Sport Pilot with as little as 20 hours of flight instruction, flying a one or two seat aircraft capable of speeds up to 120 knots. Fly a Sport Pilot eligible aircraft with your driver's license serving as medical eligibility.

Flight School Benefits

Flight Schools can now offer a new dimension of customer base. With the large number of people interested in Light Sport Pilot Licenses, FAA rules allow Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) to be utilized as training aircraft and for towing gliders. The fuel and maintenance costs are approximately one-third the expense of a Cessna 172 SP with comparable performance.  The TL Series Aircraft is versatile, allowing flight training for both Private and Sport Pilot licenses. The whole-plane airframe parachute included in all TL Ultralight aircraft provides that margin of safety unavailable in certified aircraft.

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Earn a Sport Pilot Certificate

LSA Pilot's License Requirements, Flight School Benefits