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The Sport Pilot rating (license) and Light Sport Aircraft category was created by the FAA in September, 2004 in a joint effort by the ultralight aircraft manufacturers and organizations that had supported and controlled the ultralight industry including Aerosports Connection (ASC), USUA (United States Ultralight Assoc.) and the EAA (Experimental Aircraft Assoc.) and other industry leaders.

This new type of aircraft and pilot classification is detailed in part in the Federal Aviation Regulations Part 61 Subpart J and K. In summary; a Sport Pilot is a pilot who is authorized to fly any Light Sport compliant aircraft in good weather, during daylight hours for transportation (not for hire) or recreation that he (she) is endorsed to fly. The sport pilot is trained and authorized by logbook endorsement to fly certain ‘sets’ of aircraft. These sets include seaplanes, landplanes, ski-planes, and gliders within certain types IE: fixed wing (airplane), weight shift (trikes), powered parachutes and lighter than air (LTA).

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A Light Sport Aircraft can be either “special” (SLSA) – factory built and tested or “experimental” (ELSA) – usually non-factory built i.e.: kit plane or former ultralight trainer. A fixed-wing sport pilot can also fly Part 23 standard category aircraft that are “Light Sport Complaint”, such as the Aeronca Champ, Piper Cub, Ercoupe and many others. The EAA website www.sportpilot.org and the EAA Sport Pilot Sourcebook can be consulted for more details. An ELSA can not be used for instruction unless the plane is owned by the student pilot. Our Eurofox trainer is an SLSA. A Light Sport Aircraft or Light Sport compliant aircraft can have a maximum of two seats and carry a maximum of two occupants. There are aircraft weight and speed restrictions. Almost all of the ultralight 2-seat trainers qualified to become light sport aircraft, but many owners failed to convert their aircraft to ELSA by the deadline rendering them worthless, except for parts. Without a valid FAA issued “N” number, a valid airworthiness certificate and registration the aircraft is illegal to operate in the US with no exceptions.

A sport pilot has the same freedoms as the private pilot. The Sport Pilot however may only operate a Light Sport compliant aircraft in the USA, during daylight hours, in good weather, below ten-thousand feet (above sea level), with a maximum of two seats and one passenger and be able to always see the ground. A sport pilot needs additional training to operate an aircraft into the airspace surrounding an airport with an operating control tower. There are some airspace restrictions that are limited by the equipment in the aircraft which is covered in the pilot training.

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The sport pilot rating requires only half of the training time specified by the FAA for the private pilot rating. Sport Pilot is intended for recreational and personal flight only. Flying for compensation is illegal. Flight and ground training time properly logged can be applied towards the Private, Commercial and other FAA certificates under certain conditions. See sport pilot license for further details.

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