Sport Pilot Training

What does it cost for Sport Pilot Training?

GSA is offering a Sport Pilot training package for $3240

The Sport Pilot Course includes Hours
Airplane rental in a Zodiac 601 with full panel instrumentation and fuel 25
Certified Flight Instructor - Sport Pilot 30
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The FAA requires 20 hours of logged time with 15 hours dual time (with instructor).

Typically the student pilot requires more than 20 hours so a package for 20 hours is not practical or is unrealistic.

This package requires the new student to pick up materials first, study and take writting test before traing starts. The cost for the written test varies from place to place. Usually a cost of $30 - $50 and handled seperatly.

The check ride is FAA function and normally costs from $250 to $350. We have a FAA exaiminer locally.

Normal low rates outside the package deal are:

Airplane rental per hour with fuel 80
Certified Flight Instructor - Sport Pilot 30
Materials 99

How long will it take to get my Sport Pilot Certificate?

The minimum number of flight training hours for achieving a sport pilot certificate to fly an airplane is 20. Those training hours will include dual instruction (instructor and student), cross-country flying (departing one airport and landing at another), and solo flights. The number of days or weeks required to log those 20 or more hours of instruction is really up to you and your instructor. Will you set aside several days for immersion flight instruction or will you spread out the flight lessons over a period of weeks or months? The amount of time to attain your sport pilot certificate is only limited to your skill and your available time.

FAA Training Requirements for Sport Pilot Certificate

What will it cost for Sport Pilot Certificate training?

Half the cost of a private pilot certificate and all the fun! The EAA-led sport pilot revolution in aviation has cut the cost of flight training to become a pilot - and of acquiring new, factory-built airplanes - in half! And the elimination of burdensome medical examinations and certifications will save pilots thousands of dollars over the course of their flying lives. As a rule of thumb, plan on 25 hours of plane rental. Rates are typically from $65 to $90 per hour depending on the age of the aircraft and the installed equipment. Ground school is typically 10 - 20 hours at $25 to $40 per hour for instructor. You can keep the ground school hours low by reading and studying on your own. Books, a few tools, written exam and FAA check ride should cost around $350, but can vary either way.

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Interested, but not sure you'll enjoy the training?

I am confident that you will; few things in life offer such a combination of reaching for new personal frontiers and mastering new skills — all while experiencing the thrill of flight. But don't take my word for it. Go up for an Demo Flight with a certificated flight instructor (CFI).

The time-honored tradition of the intro flight has been responsible for countless enrollments in flight training programs. Even the most experienced instructors love an opportunity to give a prospective new student that first exhilarating ride. They love to see the elated grin and the determined nod of the head from the once-doubtful prospect. But don't come prepared to be a mere spectator. After a briefing by the instructor and a walk-around inspection of the airplane, during which he or she will explain the actions pilots take to prepare for flight, you will strap into the left front seat — the pilot's seat — and do most of the flying. The CFI will introduce you to the four fundamentals of maneuvering an airplane: climbs, straight-and-level flight, turns and descents. Then you will try a few. After you land, chances are you will be impatient to schedule your second lesson.

Aviation training consists of flight and ground lessons, but you will quickly see that they merge into a cohesive whole, each facilitating the other. Your training program is designed to use each new step — and for most people, flight training is a new experience all around — as a building block for what will follow. The subjects you will have to study, and the flight experience you will have to acquire before being able to take your final flight examination for your private pilot certificate, are set forth in the Federal Aviation Regulations (reading the relevant FARs, as pilots call the regs, will be one of your first homework assignments).

People train to be pilots under a variety of circumstances, so enormous flexibility exists for fashioning the kind of training plan that is right for you. It depends mostly on your location, schedule, and goals. Aircraft rental costs and hourly instructional rates vary widely from one region of the country to another.

Make your schedule's limitations clear from the outset and ask for a commitment that instructors and aircraft will be available when you need them. Addressing such needs from the very beginning is one of the best ways to keep your training moving.

A Sport Pilot Flight Instructor (CFI-SP Airplane) can provide

  • Ground and flight instruction leading to a Sport Pilot certificate or rating
  • Issue endorsements (make/model, Airspace, authorization to take knowledge test, etc.
  • 14 CFR 61.323, 61.325, 61.327, 61.419)
  • Perform Sport Pilot Proficiency Checks (14 CFR 61.321, 61.419)
  • Perform Flight Reviews (also known as a "BFR", 14 CFR 61.56)

What is the first step to becoming a pilot?

Decide what you want to fly — the FAA's rules for getting a pilot's certificate differ depending on the type of aircraft you fly. You can choose from airplanes, light-sport aircraft, helicopters, gliders, balloons, or airships. You should also think about what type of flying you want to do. There are several different types of pilot certificates, to include student, sport, private, commercial, flight instructor, and airline transport pilot certificates. This webpage describes the eligibility, training, experience, and testing requirements for the following types of pilot certificates: student pilot, sport pilot, recreational pilot, private pilot. Note that we use the term certificate, not license; although they are similar, a license grants a permission whereas a certificate shows that one has fulfilled certain requirements.

Is it hard to learn to fly?

No. People of all shapes and sizes, ages and abilities have learned to fly. It's fun, and from the beginning of your training, you get to do most of the actual flying! On the practical side, while flying is not a difficult skill to learn, you must be willing to stick with it until you meet all the requirements. Also, you should consider the cost of becoming a pilot — you'll have to pay for your physical exam and your lessons.

How many lessons do I have to take before I solo?

It depends on you. There is no set number of lessons or hours of flight training. Your instructor must make sure you have learned to perform certain maneuvers before allowing you to solo. These maneuvers include safe takeoffs and landings. You must use good judgment when flying and be able to keep control of the aircraft. Also, you'll have to get a medical certificate and a student pilot certificate to fly solo.

Is flying safe?

Yes. A well-built and well-maintained aircraft flown by a competent and prudent pilot is as safe or safer than many other forms of transportation.