Sport Pilot

The Sport Pilot certificate, introduced in 2004, created a new medical standard for pilots. Sport pilots do not need a FAA Medical Certificate to fly an aircraft, but instead use their current driver’s license as proof that they are medically fit to operate low-speed aircraft. Sport pilots may fly cross-country, however they may not fly at night and can only carry one passenger.

Sport pilots must be at least 17 years old and have a minimum of 20 hours of flight time (although most students train for 30 or 35 hours). This includes 15 hours of flight training and five hours of solo flight.