Several variables affect the cost of learning to fly an airplane light sport aircraft (LSA) and obtaining an Airplane Sport Pilot certification. Consideration 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.
How much does sport pilot certification cost?
The Airplane Sport Pilot license is about half the cost of the Airplane Private Pilot license.
Some schools offer the minimum hours at $2500 to get your airplane sport pilot license. However, this is only the minimum dual flight hours and it typically takes more time/hours than this minimum. For this low ball rate there is typically no ground school included. Therefore, the applicant may not be adequately 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. Prices with fuel for modern S-LSA range from $150 to $210 per hour. Typically it should cost between $4000 to $7500 (this includes training dual training in your instructors aircraft and soloing in your own aircraft) to get properly trained with all the required items by a qualified school. These averages vary greatly but provide some basis to budget from.