If you are someone looking to get your first pilot certificate, the Sport Pilot Certificate provides one of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to fly. You can think of it as a sort of middle-ground between becoming an ultralight pilot and a full-fledged private pilot. Unlike ultralight pilots, sport pilots can carry a passenger and operate in certain types of controlled airspace, for example, but they may not fly at night and are limited to lighter and lowered-powered aircraft than those available to private pilots.
While a Private Pilot Certificate requires a minimum of 35 or 40 hours of training time, sport pilots only require a minimum of 20 hours. The Sport Pilot Certificate does not require an FAA Medical exam.
AFTC currently features the SportCruiser aircraft as the aircraft of choice for sport pilot flying. It’s a technologically advanced, all aluminum aircraft, equipped with an all-electronic flight deck (glass cockpit). The SportCruiser is a fully certificated Light Sport Aircraft and is maintained by our FAA certified technicians and inspectors. Call or stop by to take a look at just how easy it is to start flying and how much fun it is to fly the SportCruiser.