Sport Pilot Certificate
In 2004, the FAA introduced the Sport Pilot Certificate to encourage greater participation in aviation. This certificate presents a more accessible path for individuals interested in flying for recreational purposes when compared to the Private Pilot Certificate. While granting fewer prerequisites, it still provides sufficient privileges for those seeking the joy of flight.With a Sport Pilot Certificate, you gain the ability to operate a light sport aircraft, accommodating one passenger, under daytime Visual Flight Rules (VFR). Remarkably, this certification eliminates the need for a medical certificate; a valid driver's license suffices.
To be eligible for a Sport Pilot Certificate, you must:
Be at least 17 years of age
Have a valid drivers license
Have logged 20 hours of flight time