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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