Sport Pilot

Minimum Requirements

  • You must be at least 17 years of age.
  • You must be able to read, speak, write and understand English.
  • You must posess an FAA medical certificate OR U.S. driver’s license.
  • You must not have been denied an application for an FAA medical certificate, and must not have had your medical certificate revoked.
  • You must pass a written examination with a score of 70% or better.
  • You must have logged at least 20 hours of flight time, consisting of:
    • At least 15 hours of flight instruction, including:
      • At least 2 hours of cross-country flight training.
      • At least 10 takeoffs and landings, in the traffic pattern, to a full stop.
      • 3 hours of flight training in preparation for the practical test, within 60 days prior to taking it.
    • At least 5 hours of solo flight training, consisting of:
      • One solo cross-country flight of at least 75NM total distance, with a full-stop landing at a minimum of two points, with one segment of the flight consisting of a straight-line distance of at least 25NM between the takeoff and landing locations.
  • You must successfully complete a flight test given by an FAA Inspector or Designated Examiner.

Limitations of a Sport Pilot

The privileges of the Sport Pilot license are limited, in comparison to the full privileges offered by a Private Pilot license. Specifically, Sport Pilots may not operate:

  • aircraft with a maximum gross takeoff weight exceeding 1,320 pounds
  • aircraft with a maximum speed exceeding 120 knots
  • aircraft with more than two seats
  • aircraft with retractable landing gear, or variable pitch propellers
  • rotorcraft (helicopters)
  • at night
  • at an altitude greater than 10000′ above sea level
  • above the clouds, without visual reference to the surface
  • in furtherance of a business

So, Why Sport Pilot?

There are several reasons to consider the Sport Pilot license. One is obviously the lower expense associated with obtaining the ticket. The minimum required flight time for obtaining the Sport Pilot license is 1/2 that of that required for the Private. While few candidates complete their training within the FAA-mandated minimum time, you will nevertheless earn the Sport Pilot license more quickly (and hence, economically) than the Private.

Medical concerns are another consideration. The third-class medical certification required to exercise the privileges of a Private Pilot license can be extensive. While most conditions will not prevent you from obtaining certification, certain conditions will require extra time, effort, medical records, and/or medical testing before the FAA will grant certification. The Sport Pilot license does not require a medical certification. A valid U.S. driver’s license is all that’s required. Again, you must not have been denied an FAA medical, nor had one revoked.

Sport Pilot is ideal for recreational fliers who don’t mind the limitations of the license. It can also be an excellent stepping stone to the Private Pilot license later on. Most of the instruction you’ll receive toward the Sport Pilot license may also be applied toward earning a Private Pilot license. If the Private license is not economically feasible for you now, you can earn a Sport Pilot license, moving up to the Private whenever you have the means and desire to do so.

In short, a Sport Pilot license is a an excellent, economical way into the wonderful world of flying.

Not Sure?

If you’re not sure which license is right for you, please give us a call at 765-319-3295, or send an e-mail to If you can tell us a little bit about what you’d like to do with your license, your budget and so on, we can discuss the options in more detail and help you decide which path is right for you.


If you do not have your own aircraft, we recommend joining the Indiana Pilots Club, which has a number of different aircraft available for use at all our Flight Training Centers locations.

Approximate Costs

FAA Minimum Required Time

Airplane Fees (20 hours) $2380
Instructor Fees (15 hours) $750
Ground School $400
Checkride Test Prep $300
Pilot Supplies $150
Total $3980

Average Costs

Airplane Fees (25 hours) $2975
Instructor Fees (25 hours) $1250
Ground School $400
Checkride Test Prep $300
Pilot Supplies $150
Total $5075

Costs do not include: Examiner Fees ($550), Knowedge Test Fees ($175), or Club Dues ($480/year). Costs shown here are approximate and are listed for demonstrative purposes.

Materials and Equipment

You will need the following items by the conclusion of your flight training: FAR/AIM, Sectional Map, Flight Computer, Plotter, Textbook, Pilot Logbook, Written Test Guide, ASC, Oral Prep Guide.

(Most of these items are included in our “Sport Pilot Kit“.)

Payment Options

Option #1: Pay as you go by either deposting money on account before or after each flight.
Option #2: Pay an advance payment of any amount and receive an additional 10% credit on your account. For example if you deposit $7000 you will receive a $700 credit, $1000 will give you a credit of $100.  Ten percent additional credit is only available one time.


Club Member Rate $50/hour
Non-Member Rate $60/hour

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