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Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations, the Federal Aviation Regulations, are provided here for your reference.  To review most FAQ's about getting started in flying, this link is provided to the FAA site for your convenience. The information is based on FAA's rules, but is in a simplified form. You can read the FAA rules on pilot certification in Part 61 of Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations.

SPORT PILOT CERTIFICATION COURSE

FOR CERTIFICATION TO FLY LIGHT SPORT AIRCRAFT ONLY
LSA aircraft are small, 2 seat aircraft with a maximum weight of 1320 lbs.

PRIVILEGES AND LIMITATIONS:

PRIVILEGES (CAN)

1.     Act as pilot in command of a light-sport aircraft.

2.      Share the operating expenses of a flight with a passenger, provided the expenses involve only fuel, oil, airport expenses, or aircraft rental fees. You must pay at least half the operating expenses of the flight.

LIMITATIONS (CAN NOT)

1.     Carry a passenger or property for compensation or hire.

2.     Fly for compensation or hire.

3.     Fly for the furtherance of a business.

4.     Carry more than one passenger.

5.     Fly at night.

6.     Fly in Class A airspace.

7.     Fly in Class B, C, and D airspace, at an airport located in Class B, C, or D airspace, and to, from, through, or at an airport having an operational control tower.

8.     Fly outside the United States, unless you have prior authorization from the country in which you seek to operate.

9.     Demonstrate the aircraft in flight to a prospective buyer if you are an aircraft salesperson.

10.     Fly in a passenger-carrying airlift sponsored by a charitable organization.

11.     Fly at an altitude of more than 10,000 feet MSL or 2,000 feet AGL, whichever is higher.

12.     Fly when the flight or surface visibility is less than 3 statute miles.

13.     Fly without visual reference to the surface.

14.     Fly an aircraft that has a maximum speed of more than 120 knots (138 mph).

15.     Fly contrary to any operating limitation placed on the airworthiness certificate of the aircraft being flown.

16.     Fly contrary to any limit on your pilot certificate or airman medical certificate, or any other limit or endorsement from an authorized instructor.

17.     Fly contrary to any restriction or limitation on your U.S. driver's license or any restriction or limitation imposed by judicial or administrative order when using your driver's license to satisfy a requirement of this part.

18.     Fly while towing any object.

19.     Act as a pilot flight crewmember on any aircraft for which more than one pilot is required by the type certificate of the aircraft or the regulations under which the flight is conducted.

GENERAL REQUIREMENTS:

1.     Be at least 17 years of age.

2.     Be able to read, speak, write, & understand the English language.

3.     Hold a valid Drivers License.

4.     Pass a knowledge and practical test.

 AERONAUTICAL KNOWLEDGE:

1.     Applicable Federal Aviation Regulations that relate to Sport Pilot privileges, limitations and flight operations.

2.     Accident reporting requirements of the National Transportation Safety Board.

3.     Use of the applicable portions of the Aeronautical Information Manual and FAA advisory circulars.

4.     Use of aeronautical charts for VFR navigation using pilotage, dead reckoning and navigation systems.

5.     Recognition of critical weather situations from the ground and in flight, windshear avoidance and the procurement and use of aeronautical weather reports and forecasts;

6.     Safe and efficient operation of aircraft, including collision avoidance and recognition and avoidance of wake turbulence.

7.     Effects of density altitude on takeoff and climb performance.

8.     Weight and balance computations.

9.     Principles of aerodynamics, powerplants and aircraft systems.

10.   Stall awareness, spin entry, spins and spin recovery techniques for the airplane.

11.   Aeronautical decision making and judgment;

12.   Preflight action that includes:

a.    How to obtain information on runway lengths at airports of intended use, data on takeoff and landing distances, weather reports and forecasts and fuel requirements;

b.   How to plan for alternatives if the planned flight cannot be completed or delays are encountered.

 

AERONAUTICAL EXPERIENCE:  20 hours minimum to include 15 hours flight instruction and 5 solo training in the following maneuvers and procedures:

1.     Preflight planning to include power plant operation and aircraft systems.

2.     Preflight procedures including start-up, taxiing operations and run-ups.

3.     Airport operations.

4.     Take offs, landings, and go-arounds.

5.     Performance maneuvers.

6.     Ground reference manuevers.

7.     Navigation procedures.

8.     Slow Flight.

9.     Stalls.

10.   Emergency operations.

11.   Post-flight procedures.

 COST:
AIRCRAFT: BE C23 
20 Hours @ $111.30 (tax and fuel included)= $2226.00

INSTRUCTOR 
15 hours @ $36.00 = $ 540.00

PRE and POST GROUND SCHOOL
10 hours @ $24.00 = $240.00

TRAINING MATERIALS: Books, Manuals, Computer Test Guides, Charts and publications = $150.00

FAA KNOWLEDGE TEST = $150.00

FAA FLIGHT TEST =$250.00

MINIMUM TOTAL COST: $3,556.00


For a list of Certified Aircraft that meet Light Sport Aircraft criteria use the following link - AIRCRAFT