Fri, Jul 28, 2006
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Light Sport aircraft (LSA) and the Sport Pilot certificate are
all the rage. What privileges does Sport Pilot enjoy?
FAR 61.315 tell us a Sport
- Act as pilot in command of a LSA, except as specified
- Share the operating expenses of a flight with a passenger,
provided the expenses involve only fuel, oil, airport expenses, or
aircraft rental fees. The Sport Pilot must pay at least half the
operating expenses of the flight.
A Sport Pilot cannot fly:
- With a passenger or property for compensation or hire.
- For any other compensation or hire.
- In furtherance of a business.
- While carrying more than one passenger.
- At night.
- In Class A airspace.
- At an airport located in Class B, C, or D airspace or to, from,
through, or at an airport having an operational control tower
unless you have received ground and flight instruction on such
operations, and received a logbook endorsement
- Outside the United States, unless you have prior authorization
from the country in which you seek to operate. (NOTE: The sport
pilot certificate carries the limit "Holder does not meet ICAO
Further, Sport Pilots cannot:
- Demonstrate the aircraft in flight to a prospective buyer if
you are an aircraft salesperson.
- Fly in a passenger-carrying airlift sponsored by a charitable
And Sport Pilots cannot fly:
- At an altitude of more than 10,000 feet MSL.
- When the flight or surface visibility is less than 3 statute
- Without visual reference to the surface.
- If the aircraft has a VH that exceeds 87 knots CAS, unless you
have met the requirements of §61.327
- Contrary to any operating limitation placed on the aircraft
- Contrary to any limit or endorsement on your pilot certificate,
airman medical certificate, or any other limit or endorsement from
an authorized instructor.
- 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.
- While towing any object.
- 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.
Sport Pilot provides just that... privileges to qualifying and
certificated pilots to experience the "sport" of simple, daytime
visual flight in simple airplanes, and share that joy with no more
than one passenger.
Aero-tip of the day: If you qualify for Sport
Pilot and Sport Pilot privileges meet your flying goals, go for
it... and have fun!
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