Sport Pilot Certificate Requirements


A sports pilot certificate requirements specify the list of mandatory and preferential requirements that should be obtained by candidates who would like to possess a career like a sports pilot. Below given are the minimum criteria to obtain sports pilot certificate requirements, sports pilot training requirements, and limitations of possessing a sports pilot certificate.

Minimum criteria to be met by all Sport Pilot certificate applicants:

  1. In order to obtain the sports pilot certificate, candidates should be at least 17 years of age.
  2. The candidates must also be very fluent in English and should be able to communicate well.
  3. Candidates should also undergo the mandatory medical tests and pass them
  4. Candidates should pursue and get valid US driving license
  5. Alternatively they can also possess a valid flight aviation certificate.
  6. There are position wise requirements for training. It is given in brief below.
  7. Candidates should also appear for a knowledge training and practical test and should pass it successfully with good marks.

Sport Pilot Certificate training Details:

Candidates can opt the training according to the position they are aiming for. The training requirements are as mentioned below:

  1. 20 hours at least for aircraft position
  2. For balloon position, 7 hours in total and 1 hour as commander pilot
  3. For glider position, 10 hours of training, etc.

Limitations of possessing a Sport Pilot certificate:

  1. A sports pilot would not be able to take charge of any flights undertaken during the night.
  2. Candidates would not be able to take aircrafts supervisory duties outside the United States.
  3. If the visibility from the aircraft is lesser than 3 statute miles, then the sports pilot cannot undertake charge of that flight
  4. If the geography is such that it does not permit any air travel activity, then also the sports pilot candidate is restricted to take charge of the flight.


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