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KHKY – Hickory Regional Airport

CFI Sport Airplane Training

Posted on October 14, 2020

Training for CFI Sport Pilot  (addon or initial)  now offered in a Remos GX at KHKY or using an aircraft (including Light Sport seaplanes provided by the student) on a case-by-case basis.


At the time of this writing. Always used the latest FARs to confirm all requirements.

  • Hold at least a Sport Pilot certificate.
  • Receive training and endorsement from a CFI-Sport or traditional CFI to take the computer based knowledge test and the Fundamentals of Instruction (FOI) knowledge tests. The computerized Prepware can also provide the training and on-line endorsements for both these knowledge tests.
  • Pass both the FOI knowledge test and CFI=S knowledge test for specific category.
  • Meet ALL Sport Pilot CFI requirements per 61.407 through 61.411. It should be noted that Spin training is required per 61.409 (m) for airplanes and sailplanes which can be done in a non-LSA aircraft certificated for spins.
  • Obtain and log training within 60 days before practical test with an authorized instructor and obtain endorsement for practical test from Sport or Private Pilot CFI in log book and on FAA 8710-11 form.
  • Pass CFI sport practical test with DPE/SPIE. Click here to find a DPE. (Chose from the “Examiner Listing” at bottom of page.)
  • Receive Sport Pilot CFI Certificate and log book endorsement for category/class of aircraft used for Practical test.
  • Note that unlike a traditional CFI governed by 14 CFR SubpartH, the CFI-Sport falls under Subpart K. There are no additional restrictions placed on the recommending instructor endorsing you for an initial CFI-Sport, unlike the restrictions imposed for a CFI initial for traditional Part H CFIs. Your recommending instructor does not have to be a “Two Year CFI.”

Sport Pilot Training

Posted on October 1, 2020

Training for Sport Pilot (addon or initial)  now offered in a Remos GX at KHKY or using an aircraft (including Light Sport seaplanes provided by the student) on a case-by-case basis.


  • Start ground and/or flight training from a CFI to be a Sport Pilot or through an FAA Approved online ground school
  • Obtain student pilot certificate to Solo by applying at, have a CFI approve it with your drivers license. This goes in to TSA for a security check, then the FAA issues a temporary student pilot certificate with email in about one or two weeks. The green plastic FAA Student Pilot Certificate is mailed to you soon after.
  • Obtain medical eligibility by using your drivers license for sport pilot or get an FAA medical if you want to go for private pilot laster on with an FAA Medical Examiner (AME) for a 3rd class FAA medical.
  • Have CFI endorse logbook for make/model and provide appropriate logbook limitations to solo.
  • Receive endorsement to take knowledge test. (This is typically through Prepware home/self study course or it can be obtained from a CFI.)
  • Pass FAA knowledge test (computer based typically known as “written” test) at an FAA approved/certified FAA testing facility such as CATS Testing.
  • Meet the knowledge and flight proficiency requirements in 61.309 thru 61.313 from a Sport Pilot CFI. The minimum is 20 hours flight time which is 15 hours of dual instruction and 5 hours of solo. It usually takes substantially more than the minimum to become a qualified and safe pilot.  All training logged must be in an N numbered aircraft.
  • Receive and log 2 hours dual training for the checkride 60 days before your checkride (practical test) and obtain endorsements for practical test from Sport Pilot CFI on form 8710-11 or through www.IACRA. FAA .GOV. Sport Aviation Center has additional CFI’s for airplane and weight-shift control trike for this endorsement).
  • Pass practical test with DPE/SPE. Click here to find a DPE. (Chose from the “Examiner Listing” at bottom of page.)
  • Receive FAA Sport Pilot Certificate and logbook endorsement for category/class of aircraft used for practical test (speed endorsement is required and should be obtained before checkride so it does not have to be obtained after checkride).

Searey Training

Posted on September 23, 2020

Searey Transition Training is available for Sport Pilot Seaplane addons. Students must provide their own Searey. Training is in accordance with the Searey Factory Authorized Instructor Syllabus.