Can you become a Sport Pilot instructor with a Private rating?
From Mark, we have another question about Sport Pilot:
Does a current Private Pilot have to get a Sport Pilot rating as part of the requirements of being a CFI-SP Sport Pilot flight instructor?
Mark, the FAA has a table (pdf; it’s hard to track down!) that lists all the requirements for various SP certificates. CFI – Sport Pilot lines that are relevant to your question are here:
- 150 Hours – Total
- Additional flight training requirements for each category and class.
- Sport Pilot certificate or higher
- Category and class privileges or rating
- CFI Recommendation – Knowledge test – Practical Test
So, you have to have at least 150 hours total time, and hold at least a sport pilot certificate with the appropriate category & class for the type of aircraft you will be teaching in. Aside from that, you’ll need to get a CFI endorsement and pass the knowledge & practical tests.