A student pilot certificate is an important step in the process of becoming a certified sport pilot. Although a student pilot certificate is not necessary to start your flight lessons, it is required prior to soloing in a Light Sport Aircraft (LSA). To be eligible for a student sport pilot certificate, you must:
- Be a minimum of 16 years of age (14 for glider).
- Be able to read, write, and understand the English language.
- Have a valid photo ID to verify your identity.
- Complete an application through the Integrated Airman Certification and Rating Application (IACRA) website or by paper using FAA form 8710-1 and submit it to a Flight Standards District Office (FSDO), an FAA-designated pilot examiner, an airman certification representative associated with a flight school, or a certificated flight instructor. The authorized individual will process your application and submit the required documents to the Airmen Certification Branch. Once, reviewed by Airman Certification Branch, the student pilot certificate will be mailed to the address provided by you on the application.
IACRA processes your application for airman certification via the web. IACRA interfaces with multiple FAA national databases to validate data and verify specific fields. IACRA automatically ensures you, the applicant, meets regulatory and policy requirements through business rules and data validation. It implements use of digital signatures throughout the certification process. IACRA automatically forwards your 8710-1 application and your test results to the Airman Registry. No paper documents are sent to the Registry.
You can prepare for the application process with the AVS Integrated Airman Certification and Rating Application (IACRA) INSTRUCTION MANUAL.