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NAPPF
Sport Pilot
Aeronautical Experience Required for a Sport Pilot Certificate


61.313 What aeronautical experience must I have to apply for a sport pilot certificate?

Except as specified in 61.329, use the following table to determine the aeronautical experience you must have to apply for a sport pilot certificate:

(a) Airplane category and single-engine land or sea class privileges

            (1)  20 hours of flight time, including at least 15 hours of flight training from an authorized instructor in a single‑engine airplane and at least 5 hours of solo flight training in the areas of operation listed in 61.311
                        (i)  2 hours of cross-country flight training,
                        (ii)  10 takeoffs and landings to a full stop (with each landing involving a flight in the traffic pattern) at an airport;
                        (iii)  One solo cross‑country flight of at least 75 nautical miles total distance, with a full-stop landing at a minimum of two points and one segment of the flight consisting of a straight-line distance of at least 25 nautical miles between the takeoff and landing locations, and
                        (iv)  3 hours of flight training on those areas of operation specified in 61.311 preparing for the practical test within 60 days before the date of the test.

(b) Glider category privileges and you have not logged at least 20 hours of flight time in a heavier‑than-air aircraft,      
                       
            (1)  10 hours of flight time in a glider, including 10 flights in a glider receiving flight training from an authorized instructor and at least 2 hours of solo flight training in the areas of operation listed in 61.311,           
                        (i)  Five solo launches and landings, and
                        (ii)  3 hours of flight training on those areas of operation specified in 61.311 preparing for the practical test within 60 days before the date of the test.

(c) Glider category privileges and you have logged 20 hours flight time in a heavier-than-air aircraft,  

            (1)  3 hours of flight time in a glider, including five flights in a glider while receiving flight training from an authorized instructor and at least 1 hour of solo flight training in the areas of operation listed in  61.311,         
                        (i)  Three solo launches and landings, and
                        (ii)  3 hours of flight training on those areas of operation specified in 61.311 preparing for the practical test within 60 days before the date of the test.

(d)  Rotorcraft category and gyroplane class privileges,     

            (1)  20 hours of flight time, including 15 hours of flight training from an authorized instructor in a gyroplane and at least 5 hours of solo flight training in the areas of operation listed in 61.311,
                        (i)  2 hours of cross-country flight training,
                        (ii)  10 takeoffs and landings to a full stop (with each landing involving a flight in the traffic pattern) at an airport,
                        (iii)  One solo cross‑country flight of at least 50 nautical miles total distance, with a full-stop landing at a minimum of two points, and one segment of the flight consisting of a straight-line distance of at least 25 nautical miles between the takeoff and landing locations, and
                        (iv)  3 hours of flight training on those areas of operation specified in 61.311 preparing for the practical test within 60 days before the date of the test.

(e)  Lighter‑than‑air category and airship class privileges,
           
            (1)  20 hours of flight time, including 15 hours of flight training from an authorized instructor in an airship and at least 3 hours performing the duties of pilot in command in an airship with an authorized instructor in the areas of operation listed in 61.311,           
                        (i)  2 hours of cross-country flight training,
                        (ii)  Three takeoffs and landings to a full stop (with each landing involving a flight in the traffic pattern) at an airport,
                        (iii)  One cross-country flight of at least 25 nautical miles between the takeoff and landing locations, and
                        (iv)  3 hours of flight training on those areas of operation specified in 61.311 preparing for the practical test within 60 days before the date of the test.

(f)  Lighter-than-air category and balloon class privileges,

            (1)  7 hours of flight time in a balloon, including three flights with an authorized instructor and one flight performing the duties of pilot in command in a balloon with an authorized instructor in the areas of operation listed in 61.311,        
                        (i)  2 hours of cross-country flight training, and
                        (ii)  3 hours of flight training on those areas of operation specified in 61.311 preparing for the practical test within 60 days before the date of the test.

(g)  Powered parachute category land or sea class privileges,       

            (1) 12 hours of flight time in a powered parachute, including 10 hours flight training and, and at least 2 hours solo flight training in the areas of operation listed in 61.311.           
                        (i)  1 hour of cross-country flight training,
                        (ii)  20 takeoffs and landings to a full stop in a powered parachute with each landing involving flight in the traffic pattern at an airport;
                        (iii)  10 solo takeoffs and landings to a full stop (with each landing involving a flight in the traffic pattern) at an airport,
                        (iv)  One solo flight with a landing at a different airport and one segment of the flight consisting of a straight-line distance of at least 10 nautical miles between takeoff and landing locations, and
                        (v)  3 hours of flight training on those areas of operation specified in 61.311 preparing for the practical test within 60 days before the date of the test.
                       
(h)  Weight-shift-control aircraft category land or sea class privileges,        

            (1)  20 hours of flight time, including 15 hours of flight training from an authorized instructor in a weight‑shift‑control aircraft and at least 5 hours of solo flight training in the areas of operation listed in 61.311,           
                        (i)  2 hours of cross-country flight training;
                        (ii)  10 takeoffs and landings to a full stop (with each landing involving a flight in the traffic pattern) at an airport,
                        (iii)  One solo cross-country flight of at least 50 nautical miles total distance, with a full-stop landing at a minimum of two points, and one segment of the flight consisting of a straight-line distance of at least 25 nautical miles between takeoff and landing locations, and
                        (iv)  3 hours of flight training on those areas of operation specified in 61.311 preparing for the practical test within 60 days before the date of the test.


 

 

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