What is the cost of obtaining a Sport Pilot license to fly light sport aircraft?
Several variables affect the cost of learning to fly a light sport aircraft (LSA), including frequency of flight lessons, weather conditions, the type of sport aircraft in which you are training and its availability for scheduling, and individual aptitude.
As was described in the What Will I Fly? section, generally, the PPC is the easiest and least expensive, the weight-shift control trike is in the middle and the airplane is the most expensive.
The Sport pilot airplane license is about half the cost of the private pilot airplane license.
Using airplane as an example, some schools offer the minimum hours and $2500 to get your sport pilot license. However, this is only the minimum flight hours and it typically takes more time/hours than this minimum. For this low rate there is typically no ground school included. Therefore, the applicant may not be adequately flight trained or must provide more money to get the proper flight skills. Additionally, this may not include the checkride, training materials, knowledge test endorsement/cost or ground school.
The cheapest advertised price may not be the best program. Airplane/instructor prices with fuel for modern LSA range from $150 to $210 per hour. Typically it should cost between $5000 to $8500 (this includes aircraft rental) to get properly trained and all the other required items by a qualified school. These averages will go down for WSC and PPC but this provides some basis to budget from.