Originally posted by Sturmgewehr44
Bro, don't waste your time getting a "sport" rating. Spend just a tad bit more money and get the "private" rating. You'll thank yourself in the end.
"Sport" and "Recreational" ratings are a waste of time. With a sport rating, you can only be PIC (pilot in command) of "light sport aircraft", which limits you to the horsepower of an aircraft. You can't carry more than one passenger, you can't fly at night, you cant fly in Class B, C or D airspace unless you've had additional training (FAR part 61.325, can't fly above 10,000 msl, can't fly "special-VFR" (which you shouldn't fly anyway, but you MAY need to during unexpected or sudden below minimum weather conditions that may pop up). There are other restrictions and limitations that I haven't listed.
With a private rating, you can do all of the above. Horsepower endorsements are another "off-topic" thing I won't get into here.
With a "recreational rating," you can't carry more than one passenger, you must have endorsement to fly within a 50 mile radius of your airport and an endorsement to fly beyond a 50 mile radius only after more ground and flight training. You can't fly an aircraft that is certified to hold more than four occupants (Cessna 172's have seating for 4...), you can't fly an aircraft with more than one engine, with an engine with more than 180 horsepower. YOu can't fly at an altitude above 10,000 feet, you can't fly under special-vfr. If you have less than 400 flight hours as a "recreational" pilot, you must fly and log PIC time within every 180 days. Otherwise you have to get more flight training. (That's really a good idea for any pilot, but it is a restriction.)
Basically, with a "private" rating, you get more training, less restrictions to basically go anywhere you want etc... A few more hours spent to get the private rating is safer than few hours for the "sport" or "recreational" ratings.
Don't go in half-cocked, or half-*****ed. Do yourself right. Get a "private" rating at minimum.
Depends on what state you live in. Out here in the west in places, that just doesn't "fly". A lot of valleys and plateus are around 5-6000. Some plateus are 8000-9000. We go over 10 all the time.3. Very few VFR/GA pilots are ever above 10,000ft (the fun is flying low-not high).
I'm flying as a Sport Pilot with a Commercial license. Not even as a Sport Pilot at present, but as a Ultralight pilot.Originally posted by cyriaque
Does anyone have the Sport license only or the private pilot's license and only excercise the Sport license privileges?
Another option, if just fun flying is your goal, is Ultralights. No license for you or the aircraft and no physical.Originally posted by jgamble
I'll give you an example...
I've always wanted to fly. I love aircraft. However, I have a medical condition which would almost certainly not allow me to pass the medical for a private pilot license.
Ultralights look cool, but I sort of like the idea of having plenty of metal around me as well. I'm not really sure - I've got many things to accomplish before I can devote the time needed to this, so I've got a bit until I need to decide.Originally posted by M2 Carbine
Another option, if just fun flying is your goal, is Ultralights. No license for you or the aircraft and no physical.
No passengers either though.