25 Hour Sport Pilot Course

Sport Pilot Student weight Limit of 230lbs.

Who can take the course?

To qualify for this course, you must be 17 years old on the day of the flight test.  You must be healthy and have enough endurance to train daily for 9 days.  You must read, speak, and write English,  You must be a US Citizen, or obtain clearance from the Transportation Security Administration.  A US Passport or Birth Certificate, and Government Photo ID is required, BE CERTAIN TO BRING ONE OF THE TWO DOCUMENTS WITH YOU TO TRAINING.  You must apply for and receive an FAA Student Pilot Certificate prior to beginning training.  The application process for a student pilot certificate should begin 3 weeks before starting the course.  Failure to obtain an Student Pilot Certificate will make it impossible to complete the training, and will result in loss of the deposit and any tuition paid.

As of April 1st, 2016, FAA is requiring that student pilots obtain a plastic student pilot certificate prior to soloing an aircraft.  The certificate is free of charge, however, I charge $50 to process and validate the application if you are not reserving a course at the same time.  If you are even considering training, please contact me so that I can do the application for you, as the process can take 3 to 4 weeks.

What is included in the price?

This course includes 25 hours of aircraft rental, including fuel and oil.  Up to 16 hours of instruction in flight, 5 hours of solo, and use of the aircraft for the checkride.  The practical test fee of $550 is also included.  Lodging on the airport is provided during the training.  Any additional instruction required is provided at $155 per hour, additional nights in the cottage are $65 per night.  It is required that the student will have studied ground material and be prepared for the required FAA Knowledge Test prior to arriving for the course.  There is an extensive list of excellent ground school resources located here.  

Payment Terms

Deposit - $1200,  First payment upon arrival - $1760, Second Payment at 9 hours - $1375, Examiner's Fee  $550

The examiner fee of $550 is paid directly to the examiner, and must be in cash.

Total - $4885

.  Extensive time is blocked out of the schedule for the aircraft and instructor to accomodate the training, therefore, there is a $1200 non refundable deposit required in order to reserve dates.  The deposit is applied to the end of the course.  Upon arrival, half of the remaining course tuition and the full boarding fee - $1760 - is due, payable, and earned by Blue Ridge Sport Flight.  At the completion of  9 hours, the second payment of $1375 is due.  Should the student elect to discontinue training at any time prior to completion of 9 hours, for any reason, the first tuition payment and the deposit will not be refunded.  If the student elects to stop training after the completion of 9 hours, flight time will be billed against the second tuition payment balance at the rate of $155 per hour, and the initial deposit will forfeited. 

Students are expected to fly a minimum of 4 hours per day when weather, aircraft, and instructor are available.  On most days, the flying window is from sun up to sun down, at any time the conditions allow.  If for any reason the student elects to fly less than 4 hours on any safely flyable training day, the student will be billed for the full 4 hours.

While it is very unusual for weather to prevent us from finishing the course in the allotted time, weather delays are a normal part of general aviation.  Inability to complete the course due to weather is not grounds for a refund, instead, Blue Ridge Sport Flight will work with the student to reschedule or extend the course dates.  If the aircraft or instructor become unavailable for training at the fault of Blue Ridge Sport Flight, any unused tuition, including the deposit, will be refunded to the student at the prorated rate of $155 per hour. 

 The course is NOT guaranteed, and is not suited to all students, if the student needs more time, Blue Ridge will work within reason to make the instructor and aircraft available for any additional required hours or days at the published hourly rate.  The examiner's fee is included in the course price, however, the examiner is not an employee of Blue Ridge Sport Flight.  The flight test requires good weather and is subject to the examiner's schedule if the test must be rescheduled due to weather or unsatisfactory performance. 

What do I need to do to prepare for the training?

To succeed in this course, it is critical that the student study ground school material thoroughly before arrival.  The material I recommend is Rod Machado's Sport Pilot Handbook.  This is an E-Book that will require a computer or tablet to read.  Here is the link:


If you are unable to work with an ebook, I have a list of other resources here.

The Sport Pilot Practical Test Standards is also a mandatory read.  The standards list everything you will need to know and do to become a Sport Pilot along with references for all knowledge subject areas:


What is a typical training day?

The course is 9 days long, with several hours of flying each day that weather allows.  It is expected, and required, that we will fly at least 4 hours each day, and that you will be studying when not flying.  In general, we start shortly after sun up, and finish around sunset.  While I make every effort to keep the course fun, it is a lot of work, and you will need to expect to be fully immersed for the 9 days.  Please leave family behind, or at least make sure they understand that you will not be available 90% of the time! We try very hard to stay ahead of schedule.  It is expected that we will have a couple days of weather, we use that time to work on paperwork, ground instruction, and oral test prep. 


Blue Ridge Sport Flight doe not maintain liability and hull insurance on our 7AC Champ.  Students are not liable for damage occuring when a Blue Ridge Sport Flight Instructor is in the aircraft.  Students are liable for damage occuring to the Champ arising out of their operation of the Champ as well as any third party liability.  Students are required to carry "Renter's Insurance" during solo flight.  Blue Ridge Sport Flight can help arrange this insurance during the the training at the time of solo.


Other important things to know.

All required charts, log books, flight planning materials, and unlimited ASA Prepware access will be provided during the training.

It is possible to break the course up into several trips if necessary, but this will add about 10 hours to the training. 

This course is not guaranteed, and not everyone is capable of finishing in the time allowed.  We make every effort to get everyone done in 25 hours, however, this requires complete dedication and cooperation on the students part, and even then, more time may be required.  Again, please understand, upon arrival, half of the remaining course fee is due, fully earned, and payable in addition to the previously paid deposit.  No refund will be made should you elect to discontinue the course.  Your best chance for success is to come on time, well rested, and prepared!

TSA requires that a passport or birth certificate be presented prior to beginning training, please be sure to bring one along.

The examiner's fee is included in the course price, however, the examiner is not an employee of Blue Ridge Sport Flight.  The flight test requires good weather and is subject to the examiner's schedule if the test must be rescheduled due to weather or unsatisfactory performance.

Lodging is included in the price, however, if you choose to NOT stay at the airport, there are plenty of places to stay around Hendersonville:

Anthony's Room for Rent

The Red Roof Inn

The Days Inn

Quality Inn

Best Western

Holiday Inn

Highland Lake Inn

The Mill House Lodge

Mountain Inn and Suites

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