Privileges & Limitations
When operating as a sport pilot, you as the pilot must operate within the following guidelines of the sport pilot certificate:
The holder of a valid sport pilot certificate may:
- Operate as pilot in command of a sport pilot eligible aircraft.
- Carry a single 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.
- Fly Cross-country 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 in Class E and G airspace (and B, C, and D airspace with appropriate training).
Sport pilots may not:
- Fly in Class A airspace.
- Fly in Class B, C, or D airspace until they receive training and a logbook endorsement from an instructor.
- Fly outside the U.S. without prior permission from the foreign aviation authority.
- Tow any object.
- Fly while carrying a passenger or property for compensation or hire.
- Fly in furtherance of a business.
For a complete list of sport pilot privileges and regulations, please see 14 CFR 61.315.