The FAA Sport Flying Certificate requires only 20 hours of flight instruction plus your drivers license. You can then fly smaller two-place aircraft at up to 138 MPH.
Online PR News – 25-September-2009 – – Flying your own airplane can be one of the most enjoyable things you'll ever do. Recently, the FAA recently established a new Sport Pilot certificate that requires just 20 hours of flight instruction plus your driver's license. That's half the time -- and cost -- of a private pilot certificate.
Not all pilots even want to fly high-performance aircraft in crowded airspace. Using common sense, the new rules make it much easier for noncommercial pilots to get trained and certified to fly plenty-fast planes under visual flight rules (VFR)—if it's clear enough to see, well, it's nice enough to fly. No flying at night and stay away from clouds. And you don't have to buy a plane that costs as much as a new house! Based on this common-sense concept, private aviation leaders develop a full-blown proposal that, after much hard work, is now the law of the land.
SportFlyingGuide.com is a comprehensive new website that answers questions about the new sport pilot certificate and light-sport aircraft. It includes reviews of some of the more than 100 LSAs now on the market. How much does the new sport pilot license cost? How much are planes? Can you rent them? Can you build your own? Where can you get flight instruction nearby? These and many other questions are answered at SportFlyingGuide.com.