If you were an Ultralight pilot who was registered as a fixed-wing ultralight student or pilot with an FAA-recognized training exemption holder – EAA, ASC or USUA, you can use your aeronautical experience (flight hours) obtained before January 31, 2008 in fixed-wing ultralight vehicles (no FAA N-number), to meet the experience requirements to obtain a sport pilot and Flight Instructor Sport (CFIS) certificate to fly airplane light-sport aircraft in accordance with FAR 61.52. This ultralight time can be used for the Sport and CFIS ratings before January 31, 2012.

This means that you can use time flown in an ultralight fixed-wing vehicle to meet the sport pilot and private pilot certificate hourly experience requirement. For example, 18 of the minimum 20 hours flight experience required for sport pilot-airplane could be flown in an ultralight airplane vehicle. However, the flight time must be flown after the date you registered in the ultralight registration program, properly logged per FAA requirements for logging flight time. However, you must have 2 hours by a CFIS two calendar months prior to the checkride in preparation for the checkride.

Any flight instruction you have had from an ultralight airplane flight instructor should also be properly logged and endorsed by the ultralight flight instructor in the same way as an FAA CFI would endorse your student logbook after a flight lesson. The flight instruction you received from an ultralight airplane flight instructor can be used to meet the flight proficiency requirements specified in FAR 61.311 for sport pilot and 61.109 (a) for private pilot. To verify that you were a registered ultralight airplane pilot, you need to get a copy of your certified ultralight training record/letter from the organization that you were registered with.

If you are a registered ultralight airplane pilot, these are the steps to getting your sport pilot certificate:

  • Request your training records. Obtain a copy of your ultralight pilot records letter from the FAA-recognized organization you are registered with.
  • Obtain endorsement from FAA CFI prior to knowledge test.
  • Successfully pass a FAA sport pilot knowledge test administered by an FAA testing facility.
  • Log 2 hours of flight training with FAA CFI in preparation for practical test no more than two calendar months prior to practical test.
  • Obtain endorsement from FAA airplane CFI prior to practical test.
  • Successfully pass a FAA sport pilot practical test, which includes an oral and flight test administered by a sport pilot examiner (SPE).

Use the Sport Pilot Locator to find a pilot, CFIS or school near you.