Welcome Guest. Sign in or Signup

3 Answers

Private Pilot/glider rating to Sport Pilot/airplane

Asked by: 3536 views FAA Regulations

Hi Everyone,
     I am studying to become a CFI and the following hypothetical was given to me:  I am a Private Pilot with a Glider rating with 100 hours in glider. I have no time in heavier-than-air aircraft. I want a Sport Pilot with Airplane Category, single engine rating.

    Under FAR 61.313, Sport Pilot, I must have 20 hours flight time with at least 15 hours flight training in single-engine airplane and 5 hours of solo in areas of operation as appropriate for airplane.

     Is it correct that none of my Private Pilot/Glider flight time will go towards fulfilling the 20 hours flight time required under 61.313?   Thanks for taking the time to consider this.



Ace Any FAA Written Test!
Dauntless Aviation's GroundSchool series of apps are the smart pilot's choice for fast and effective FAA knowledge test prep.
Actual, up-to-date FAA questions Polished user experience
Best explanations in the business Free lifetime updates!
Private Pilot IFR Commercial Pilot CFI ATP Sport Pilot Sport Pilot Instructor Parachute Rigger Aviation Mechanic (A&P)
You can get the app now and be studying right away. Available for PC, Mac, iPhone/iPad, and Android.

3 Answers

  1. Wes Beard on Mar 20, 2012

    Yes.  You are correct.  In the scenario you presented above, none of the glider time will qualify for the minimum aeronautical experience needed for the sport ASE rating.
    My best guess is that this hypothetical student will actually come close to obtaining the aeronatical experience needed in those hours as compared to a student without any previous aeronautical experience. 

    0 Votes Thumb up 1 Votes Thumb down 1 Votes

  2. Jeff Nunan on Mar 20, 2012

    Thanks very much for answering my question.

    0 Votes Thumb up 0 Votes Thumb down 0 Votes

  3. Rob on Aug 03, 2015

    I am a private pilot/Glider rating going for a Sport Pilot license. In addition to the flight time in powered aircraft, do I have to take a written test? Do I need a student license to solo in an LSA?

    0 Votes Thumb up 0 Votes Thumb down 0 Votes

The following terms have been auto-detected the question above and any answers or discussion provided. Click on a term to see its definition from the Dauntless Aviation JargonBuster Glossary.

Answer Question

Our sincere thanks to all who contribute constructively to this forum in answering flight training questions. If you are a flight instructor or represent a flight school / FBO offering flight instruction, you are welcome to include links to your site and related contact information as it pertains to offering local flight instruction in a specific geographic area. Additionally, direct links to FAA and related official government sources of information are welcome. However we thank you for your understanding that links to other sites or text that may be construed as explicit or implicit advertising of other business, sites, or goods/services are not permitted even if such links nominally are relevant to the question asked.