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What are the Sport Pilot Privileges and Limitations?

What are the Sport Pilot Privileges and Limitations?

When operating as a sport pilot, you as the pilot must operate within the following guidelines of the sport pilot certificate:


  • Operate as pilot in command of a sport pilot eligible aircraft

    • Carry a passenger and share expenses (fuel, oil, airport expenses, and aircraft rental);

  • Fly during the daytime using visual flight rules (VFR). Three statute miles visibility and visual contact with the ground are required.
  • Cross-country flying anywhere in the U.S.
  • Fly up to 10,000 feet above mean sea level (MSL) or 2,000 feet above ground level (AGL), whichever is higher.
  • Fly solo or with one passenger.
  • Share operating expenses with another person.
  • Fly in Class E and G airspace (and B, C, and D airspace with appropriate training).
  • Allows sport pilots to fly production (standard airworthiness certificate) and experimental amateur-built aircraft that meet the definition of a light-sport aircraft.
  • Allows rental of special light-sport aircraft (S-LSA).


  • Prohibited from Class A airspace.
  • Prohibited from flying in Class B, C, or D airspace until you receive training and a logbook endorsement from an instructor.
  • No flights outside the U.S. without prior permission from the foreign aviation authority.
  • May not tow any object.
  • No flights while carrying a passenger or property for compensation, hire, or
  • Prohibited from flying in furtherance of a business.

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