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Sport Pilot

The Hidden Gem of Pilot Licenses

About A sport pilot license:

If your goal is not to be a Professional pilot but to experience the joy of flying, then you should seriously consider this option.  You can complete your sport license training in about half the time of a Private Pilot License.

The Restrictions:

You Must fly a Light Sport Class Plane (limited to 1320lb Gross Weight).  

You Can only fly One Passenger

You Cannot Fly at Night

You Cannot fly into Class A,B,C, or D airspace without a Logbook endorsement.

How it works

Our Sport Pilot program is built to get you to your license quickly, so that you can start experiencing the JOY and FUN of Flying yourself.

The Driver's License Medical

Yes it is true you are not required to get an FAA Medical Certificate to obtain a Sport Pilot License.  Per FAR61.23.c.1.i&ii You may exercise the privileges of a Sport Pilot as long as you hold a valid U.S. driver’s license.


We only Hire the Best

As a Part 61 Flight School We serve two very important roles in the General Aviation Community.  First We train New Pilots!  Second we hire and help build the careers of young Pilots, before they go onto Charter or Airline jobs.   We diligently vet our Certified Flight Instructors to make sure they will foster the Fun learning environment we have created at Piston Aviation, and that they are exceptional pilots as well.  We pay our instructors higher then industry average wages so that we only attract the best of the best!

Ways to Pay

Pay in Full


Two Installments

$4,000 each

Four Installments

$2,000 each

Buy Block

5 hours - $875 ($175/hr)
10 hours - $1730 ($173/hr)
15 hours - $2565 ($165/hr)
20 hours - $3380 ($169/hr)

Instructor Rate - $85/hr

All Airplane Hours include Fuel

Block Hours do not include training materials, online ground school, or headset

important things

  • Training requirements for a sport pilot certificate with airplane category —
    • A minimum of 20 hours flight time including:
      • 15 hours of flight training from an authorized instructor.
      • 5 hours solo flight.
    • Flight training must include at least:
      • 2 hours cross-country flight training.
      • 10 takeoffs and landings to a full stop.
      • One solo cross-country flight of at least 75 nautical miles total distance with a full-stop landing at a minimum of two points and one segment of the flight consisting of a straight-line distance of at least 25 nautical miles between takeoff and landing locations.
      • 2 hours 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.
    • Sport pilot certificates will be issued without category/class designation — logbook endorsement will be provided for category and class per FAR 61.317.

or the sport pilot certificate, you must:

  • Be at least 17 years old (or 16 years old if you are applying to operate a glider or balloon).
  • 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 for operations in light-sport aircraft other than a glider or balloon.

Per FAR61.23.c.1.i&ii You may exercise the privileges of a Sport Pilot as long as you hold a valid U.S. driver’s license.

This is a Part 61 program which means it is self directed at your speed and on your schedule.  Your time for completion will be largely based on how aggressively you are willing to schedule flights.

If you schedule 2 to 3 flights per week you can expect to finish the program in 3 to 4 months. If you schedule 3 to 4 flights per week you can expect to be a pilot in 2 to 3 months.

What you get

It's Never Too Late .. . or Too Soon to Live your Dream

The Adventure Awaits Start NOw

About A sport pilot license: