Sport Pilot Training – Fun, Affordable and No Medical Required

05 Feb 2009Sport pilot training at Sporty’s Academy is an ideal way to get started in aviation, fulfill that lifelong dream of learning to fly, or just tackle a fun, new adventure. A sport pilot certificate allows you to experience the pure fun, sport and recreation in flying by enjoying the pleasures of a light sport airplane on good-weather days.

What is a light sport airplane? It’s essentially a 2-place, propeller-driven airplane weighing less than 1,320 pounds. At Sporty’s, we offer the safe, modern and reliable Cessna Skycatcher that can travel at speeds from 40mph to 140mph depending on your desire.

What can a sport pilot do? You can fly yourself and a passenger on good-weather days to enjoy an afternoon of sightseeing or explore new places. The distance is your choice – become a sport pilot and broaden your horizons.

What are the sport pilot eligibility requirements? Simple – you must be at least 17 years old, be able to read, speak, write, and understand English, hold at least a valid U.S. driver’s license and possess a Student Pilot Certificate.

Is it safe? Flying is as safe as you make it. The expert, instructional staff at Sporty’s will equip you with the decision-making skills, judgment and knowledge to become a safe, confident aviator.

Ready to get started? There is no commitment required. Getting started is as easy as scheduling your first lesson. There are no enrollment fees and no requirement to pay in advance. Sporty’s works with your schedule and supports your goals.

Below is an estimate of what it may take to earn your Sport Pilot certificate. If a Sport Pilot certificate is not your goal, but you’d like to come to the airport and go flying, we’re happy to assist. Sport Pilot training can also serve as a stepping stone for even more flying privileges. Email [email protected] or call us at 513.735.9500 to learn more about what Sport flying can do for you.

Flight & Ground Instruction
Cost/Hour Time Total
Aircraft Rental:
Cessna 162 Skycatcher
$105.00 33 hours $3,465
Flight Instruction $42.00 28 hours $1,176
Ground Instruction $42.00 23 hours $966
Supplies & Equipment $456
FAA Written Exam $150
FAA Checkride $522


* Times shown are estimated times. Training times to obtain the required proficiency may vary and are greatly affected by the consistency of training. Remember, you do not have to pay this amount up front; it is spread out over the length of your training. A typical flight lesson will cost $180 – $220.

* Financing options available from AOPA.

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