Earning Your License
Earning your Sport Pilot License
Like other kinds of aviation, trike flying has matured into a reliable, safe form of recreation. This type of flight is “taking-off” due to the creation of extensive pilot training and support programs, improvements in building materials and techniques, and strict maintenance schedules. Decades of research into the evolution of trikes and our pilot programs, have made trike flying one of the safest modes of adventure available.
At Air Therapy Aviation you can achieve the steps to earn your FAA Sport Pilot Certificate.
For your Sport Pilot license, the following requirements apply:
- At least 17 years old to earn Sport Pilot Certificate.
- Able to read, speak, write, and understand English.
- Valid U.S. driver’s license, or a valid third class medical certificate.
- Obtain Student Pilot Certificate (From Local FAA Flight Standards District Office (FSDO)
At least 15 hours of flight instruction. (Although 20-25 hours is the norm).
At least 5 hours of solo flight.
Receive the necessary ground instruction.
Receive cross-country training and perform a cross-country flight while flying solo
Receive endorsements to take knowledge test (this can be through home study or from a CFI or CFIS).
Pass a written knowledge test conducted by an authorized FAA testing center.
Complete at least 3 hours of flight training with a CFI to prepare for practical test.
Pass an oral and flight test administered by an FAA examiner.
CELEBRATE yourself for accomplishing a wonderful goal.
If you’re thinking of adding a “weight-shift control” endorsement to an existing pilot’s license, we are able to conduct weight shift control proficiency checks. If you’re a student pilot, we can help you get ready for your checkride (practical test).
Students will need the following materials to begin their training:
(These are free FAA publication downloads, but it is easier to order the printed books from ASA or Amazon)
- Weight-Shift Control Aircraft Flying Handbook
- Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge
- FAA Weight Shift Control Practical Test Standards
- E6-b or CS2 flight computer (manual, electronic, or ipod app)
Leonardo Da Vinci
When once you have tasted flight, you will forever walk the earth with your eyes turned skyward, for there you have been, and there you will always long to return.
Antoine de Saint-Exupéry
I fly because it releases my mind from the tyranny of petty things…
I ask people who don’t fly, “How can you not fly when you live in a time in history when you can fly?”
The exhilaration of flying is too keen, the pleasure too great, for it to be neglected as a sport.
More than anything else the sensation is one of perfect peace mingled with an excitement that strains every nerve to the utmost, if you can conceive of such a combination.
Instead of our drab slogging forth and back to the fishing boats, there’s a reason to life! We can lift ourselves out of ignorance, we can find ourselves as creatures of excellence and intelligence and skill. We can be free! We can learn to fly! (Jonathan Livingston Seagull)
Courage is the price that life extracts for granting peace. The soul that knows it not knows no release from little things.
From Wizard of Oz
Someday I’ll wish upon a star and wake up where the clouds are far behind me, Where troubles melt like lemon drops, away, above the chimney tops, that’s where you’ll find me. Somewhere over the rainbow bluebirds fly. Birds fly over the rainbow, why then, oh why can’t I? If happy little bluebirds fly beyond the rainbow, why oh why can’t I?