Sport Pilot Training

Transition Training for GA Pilots

Ultralight Training

Sport Pilot Training No previous experience is necessary! Start from scratch or transition from 3-axes fixed wing flight. Let BeachFlight Aviation train you to be a safe, confident trike pilot! It all begins with an introductory lesson where you will learn the basics of trike flight with hands-on flight instruction over the beautiful Gulf Coast beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama. After the introductory lesson you will become a primary flight student and venture inland as you perform the necessary flight maneuvers required to pass your final exam. Our goal is to guide you through the process of becoming an FAA-certified Sport Pilot. Your flight lessons will follow our instructional syllabus. With each lesson you will make measured progress toward your goal of becoming a Sport Pilot! Using our syllabus all of your flight experience will be will documented in your student training records. All dual instruction qualifies toward your Light Sport pilot license and should be recorded in your pilot logbook. If you do not have a logbook yet, no worries! We have logbooks available for purchase upon arrival.
  • What tests do I have to take to obtain a sport pilot certificate?

    FAA Regulation Part 61 Subpart J: Sport Pilots § 61.307 To obtain a sport pilot certificate, you must pass the following tests: (a) Knowledge test. You must pass a knowledge test on the applicable aeronautical knowledge areas listed in §61.309. Before you may take the knowledge test for a sport pilot certificate, you must receive a logbook endorsement from the authorized instructor who trained you or reviewed and evaluated your home-study course on the aeronautical knowledge areas listed in §61.309 certifying you are prepared for the test. (b) Practical test. You must pass a practical test on the applicable areas of operation listed in §§61.309 and 61.311. Before you may take the practical test for a sport pilot certificate, you must receive a logbook endorsement from the authorized instructor who provided you with flight training on the areas of operation specified in §§61.309 and 61.311 in preparation for the practical test. This endorsement certifies that you meet the applicable aeronautical knowledge and experience requirements and are prepared for the practical test.
  • What aeronautical experience must I have to apply for a sport pilot certificate?

    FAA Regulation

    Subchapter D: AIRMEN


    Subpart J: Sport Pilots


    If you are applying for a sport pilot certificate with...


    (h) Weight-shift-control aircraft category land or sea class privileges,

    Then you must log at least...



    (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,

    Which must include at least...



    (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 practical test within the preceding 2 calendar months from the month of the test.


G.A. Certified Pilot Transition Training ﷯Existing General Aviation FAA-certified pilots are not required to have any training prior to flying a trike solo. Trike flight controls are reverse from normal fixed-wing flight inputs. It is highly unlikely you will survive trying to do your own transition training. In order to take a passenger up in a Light Sport Trike you are required to pass a proficiency flight exam with a Light Sport Weight-Shift Control Flight Examiner (SPE or SPIE). You are not required to take a written exam if you GA License is current however. You must fly a series of maneuvers to the PTS standards (FAA Practical Test Standards) in order to pass the practical flight exam. There is no required minimum number of dual transition training hours required. You will be instructed to meet or exceed the PTS flight exam standards. On average expect 15 - 20 hours time. Trikes, like all Light Sport aircraft, are considered low-mass and high-drag. Transition training will help you prepare for the performance characteristics as you practice takeoffs and landings, performance maneuvers and emergency procedures (engine out emergency landing practice). Fortunately trikes are extremely capable of landing in confined spaces, giving you an added measure of safety during flight. In the event of an engine failure, trikes return to their roots and become hang-gliders. Our trikes have an approximate 9:1 glide ratio with the engine off. Additionally our aircraft are fitted with a ballistic recovery emergency parachute system. They are built with a +6G / -3G structural load tolerance making them, pound-for-pound, an exceptionally strong design!
﷯Ultralight Flight Instruction Even though the FAA does not require formal training in order to fly an FAR 103 Legal Ultralight aircraft, dual flight instruction is strongly advised. Few have survived attempts to learn these skills on their own! To be a safe pilot you will require nearly the same number of hours dual instruction as a Sport Pilot (15-20 hours). Some time can be cut from this process depending on your natural abilities and whether you plan to fly cross country. All dual instruction with BeachFlight Aviation can be logged as Light Sport Dual Instruction, should you decide to get your FAA Light Sport Pilot License sometime in the future. In addition to dual instruction you must know and abide by all FAA airspace rules and regulations. Failure to comply could be dangerous and costly. We recommend that you purchase the following reference books and become familiar with the information within. Though not required, these text books contain vital pilot information that can save your life and protect those on the ground below you! FAA ULTRALIGHT REGULATION: FAR 103.1 This part prescribes rules governing the operation of ultralight vehicles in the United States. For the purposes of this part, an ultralight vehicle is a vehicle that: (a) Is used or intended to be used for manned operation in the air by a single occupant; (b) Is used or intended to be used for recreation or sport purposes only; (c) Does not have any U.S. or foreign airworthiness certificate; and (d) If unpowered, weighs less than 155 pounds; or (e) If powered: (1) Weighs less than 254 pounds empty weight, excluding floats and safety devices which are intended for deployment in a potentially catastrophic situation; (2) Has a fuel capacity not exceeding 5 U.S. gallons; (3) Is not capable of more than 55 knots calibrated airspeed at full power in level flight; and (4) Has a power-off stall speed which does not exceed 24 knots calibrated airspeed.
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