Become a Sport Pilot
Affordable, achievable and fun. Sport Pilot is for you!
The Sport Pilot license represents a new way to fly that is safe, fun, and more affordable. The Sport Pilot license allows those interested in flight to obtain their rating in half the time and for half the cost of the traditional Private Pilot certificate. So climb aboard, take the controls, and launch into new adventures in aviation today.
So what is involved in learning how to fly?
The major elements of your training will include the following:
Preparation for your written knowledge exam
You will study for and pass a 40-question written test that will include basic aviation knowledge. You can take your test at any time during your training, and the test results will remain valid for two years after the date of the exam.
This is the fun part, during which you will take the controls of the airplane and fly with an instructor in our Remos or Gobosh aircraft as you learn how to control the airplane and perform flight maneuvers. A minimum of 15 hours of dual instruction is required to obtain your Sport Pilot certificate.
Obtaining your Student Pilot Certificate
Your Student Pilot Certificate will be issued by the FAA, and you are required to have this document prior to solo flights. First Landings Aviation will assist you in acquiring your certificate from a local FAA branch office.
Touching down softly after your first solo flight is a feeling unlike any other you have experienced. All pilots vividly recall the details of their first solo flight, as it is a memory that lasts forever. When your instructor feels you are up to the task, he will climb out of the airplane and set you free to fly on your own. You will fly solo for at least five hours during your training.
Cross-country flights allow you to explore new places and make full use of your pilot certificate. You will learn navigation techniques and cross-country planning methods under instructor supervision, and will be fully capable to complete your solo cross country flight to another airport. The solo cross-country flight is truly a milestone in your flight training progress.
The Check Ride
Once the minimum requirements for a Sport Pilot license are completed, and your flight instructor is satisfied that training is complete, you will need to pass an oral and flying exam known as the “checkride.” This practical test will involve an oral examination during which the FAA-appointed examiner will discuss important points and look for your understanding of basic aviation principles and flying regulations. Once you pass the oral, the examiner will fly with you in the aircraft you have trained in, evaluating your ability to perform basic flight maneuvers in a safe manner. Once the flying portion is passed (and you will pass it), you are given your very own Sport Pilot certificate. From there, you are free to roam the skies on your own, with or without a passenger.