Flight Proficiency Requirements
§61.311 What flight proficiency requirements must I meet to apply for a sport
Except as specified in §61.329, to apply for a sport pilot certificate you must
receive and log ground and flight training from an authorized instructor on the
following areas of operation, as appropriate, for airplane single‑engine land or
sea, glider, gyroplane, airship, balloon, powered parachute land or sea, and
weight‑shift‑control aircraft land or sea privileges:
(a) Preflight preparation.
(b) Preflight procedures.
(c) Airport, seaplane base, and gliderport operations, as applicable.
(d) Takeoffs (or launches), landings, and go-arounds.
(e) Performance maneuvers, and for gliders, performance speeds.
(f) Ground reference maneuvers (not applicable to gliders and balloons).
(g) Soaring techniques (applicable only to gliders).
(i) Slow flight (not applicable to lighter-than-air aircraft and powered
(j) Stalls (not applicable to lighter-than-air aircraft, gyroplanes, and
(j) Emergency operations.
(k) Post-flight procedures.