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Non Current Pilots

Flight Review per § 61.56

Your sport, private pilot or higher certificate is good for life. If you stopped flying years ago, you just need to get a “flight review”, to become legal to fly the light-sport aircraft (LSA) you are currently qualified to fly as a sport pilot. Flight Reviews are performed by a flight instrutor and required every 24 months to be a “current” pilot. The specific regulation that allows existing pilots to fly LSA and specifies the details of who can do what is FAR 61.303.

Three takeoffs and landings per § 61.57

To carry a passanger you must have 3 takeoffs and landings 90 days prior in the make/model of aircraft

Medical fitness § 61.303 sport, § 61.23 private

The main benefit for you as an non-current pilot is that sport pilot privilages requires you to only have current and valid state driver’s license to establish medical fitness. You do not need a FAA third-class medical!

FAA medical certificate application suspended, denied, or revoked

Unfortunately, if you have had your most recent FAA medical certificate application suspended, denied, or revoked by the FAA you are not allowed to operate using your driver’s license. You must go back and clear the medical problem with the FAA which usually is not easy. But, once you get this cleared, you can let your medical expire and than operate as a sport pilot using your driver’s license as medical eligibility. Make sure you do not fail a medical, use your driver’s license and fly LSA as a sport pilot if there is any question as to passing the medical. Part § 67 was more details on specific requiremets.

Any private pilot wanting to fly aircraft that does not meet the criteria of light-sport aircraft (LSA) will have to get an FAA 3rd class medical. However, the flight review and three takeoffs and landing currency can be done in a LSA.

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