Sport Pilot License



Stick & Rudder Aviation wanted a more value-added approach to the average Sport Pilot training than that exists around the country.  With our Sport Pilot training you will receive a tailwheel endorsement, class D & C operation endorsements, an introduction to mountain flying off non-paved airports, AND the ability to rent a brand-new tailwheel aircraft after your training –  no other school has yet to offer this!


Based on our research and collective flight experience of our instructors – we found that majority of the Light Sport Aircraft offered for Sport Pilot training were “flat-lander”, relatively under-performing, local A to B cruisers.


So when we heard Kitfox Aircraft was now producing their great-reputation kit in a 100% factory-built, certified Light-Sport version, this allowed us (by regulation) to now offer the Kitfox to the general public in a flight training program for hire.  We became the first (and currently only) flight training school in the world to offer a Kitfox light sport aircraft.


As a marketing lure – most flight schools offer a Sport Pilot program for a fixed amount (with numerous small print conditions attached) solely based on the minimum requirements (20 hours) set forth by the FAA's regulations.  Stick & Rudder Aviation's opinion is this marketing (and training attempt) approach is not realistic – the FAA set this regulatory minimum with safety in mind – it was never intended as a flight training standard.  As the Sport Pilot training industry has now matured – it appears a non-aviation background student averages about 50 hours of flight training prior to the licensing check ride.  With the value-added skills taught here at Stick & Rudder Aviation – our students graduate with a safer background and at a higher level of proficiency than most Sport Pilots.  In our opinion – flight training is never a waste, as it always comes with gaining a little more experience.  Stick & Rudder Aviation recommends initially budgeting for at least 35-50 hours of flight, so you are not finding yourself "watching the clock". 


Consider an equal amount of hours will be required towards the ground training portion.  With the computer-aided, and video technology that exists today – ground training can easily be obtained at home, and through a teaching method of the student's choosing, that best works for them, and at their own pace. 


Stick & Rudder's Sport Pilot training program uses the foundation of common standardized flight training syllabus, but varies widely in our hands-on experience-the-joy approach.  It is true that practice is often associated with repetition, but Stick & Rudder Aviation guarantees you will not be bored – as our instructors have the experience to find unique ways to hide repetition within the adventure of flight and changing destinations.


Students will be guided from pre-flight preparations; through the ease of fluid flight by their own hands; to the brief apprehension of the first landing; through the excitement of the first solo flight; to the adventure of cross-country destinations; to the satisfaction of being ready for their practical flight test.


Stick & Rudder Aviation recommends completing your Sport Pilot license training in as short of time as your possible – we have found students learn faster and at less overall expense.  Flying 2x/day – 2-3 hours per lesson – for a total of up to 6 hours a day – our students can obtain a Sport Pilot license with a tailwheel endorsement in as little as 3 weeks (weather and maintenance permitting).


Stick & Rudder Aviation requests the student completes the ground training program, and passes the written test with to a 90% or higher grade  BEFORE starting flight training.  This will allow the student to focus on flying the aircraft and reflect on the days training, rather than cramming in the books each night.  The ground training information will be better reinforced and retained than if the flight training never gets ahead of the ground training.




Class "D" and Class "C" endorsement study links:

Airspace for Everyone

Towered Airports

Say It Right

Sample Radio Calls

VFR communications

Boise Radio Communications



The following ground training programs past students have favored. They are not in any order of preference - depends on if your learning preference is by book, DVD, or on-line interactive computer course. 


Rod Machado's learning center:







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