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Part 61 CERTIFICATION: PILOTS, FLIGHT INSTRUCTORS, AND GROUND INSTRUCTORS
Subpart J--Sport Pilots

Sec. 61.313

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

[Use the following table to determine the aeronautical experience you must have to apply for a sport pilot certificate: ]
If you are applying for a sport pilot certificate with . . .
Then you must log at least . . .
Which must include at least . . .
(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) 2 hours of flight training with an authorized instructor on those areas of operation specified in 61.311 in preparation for the prac-tical test within the preceding 2 calendar months from the month 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) at least 3 training flight with an authorized insturctor on those areas of operation specified in Sec. 63.311 in preparation for the practical test within the preceding 2 calendar months form the month 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) at least 3 training flight with an authorized insturctor on those areas of operation specified in Sec. 63.311 in preparation for the practical test within the preceding 2 calendar months form the month 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) 2 hours of flight training with an authorized instructor on those areas of operation specified in 61.311 in preparation for the prac-tical test within the preceding 2 calendar months from the month 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) 2 hours of flight training with an authorized instructor on those areas of operation specified in 61.311 in preparation for the prac-tical test within the preceding 2 calendar months from the month 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) 1 hours of flight training with an authorized instructor on those areas of operation specified in 61.311 in preparation for the prac-tical test within the preceding 2 calendar months from the month 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 from an authorized instructor in a powered parachute, and at least 2 hours of solo flight training in the areas of operation listed in Sec. 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) 1 hours of flight training with an authorized instructor on those areas of operation specified in 61.311 in preparation for the prac-tical test within the preceding 2 calendar months from the month of the test.

(h) Weight-shift-control aircraft category land or sea class privileges, (1) 20 hours of light 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) 2 hours of flight training with an authorized instructor on those areas of operation specified in 61.311 in preparation for the prac-tical test within the preceding 2 calendar months from the month of the test.


Amdt. 61-125, Eff. 4/2/10



Hide details for Document HistoryDocument History
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking Actions:

Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. Notice No. 02-03; Published in the Federal Register on February 5, 2002.
Notice of Proposed Rulemaking. Notice No. 02-07; Published in the Federal Register on March 19, 2002.


Final Rule Actions:

Final Rule. Docket No. FAA-2001-11133; Published in the Federal Register on July 27, 2004.
Final Rule. Docket No. FAA-2006-26661; Issued on 8/21/2009.
Final Rule; correction. Docket No. FAA-2006-26661; Issued on 10/20/2009.
Final Rule. Docket No. 2007-29015; Issued on 1/22/10