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Title 14Chapter ISubchapter DPart 61Subpart J → §61.303


Title 14: Aeronautics and Space
PART 61—CERTIFICATION: PILOTS, FLIGHT INSTRUCTORS, AND GROUND INSTRUCTORS
Subpart J—Sport Pilots


§61.303   If I want to operate a light-sport aircraft, what operating limits and endorsement requirements in this subpart must I comply with?

(a) Use the following table to determine what operating limits and endorsement requirements in this subpart, if any, apply to you when you operate a light-sport aircraft. The medical certificate specified in this table must be in compliance with §61.2 in regards to currency and validity. If you hold a recreational pilot certificate, but not a medical certificate, you must comply with cross country requirements in §61.101 (c), even if your flight does not exceed 50 nautical miles from your departure airport. You must also comply with requirements in other subparts of this part that apply to your certificate and the operation you conduct.

If you holdAnd you holdThen you may operateAnd
(1) A medical certificate(i) A sport pilot certificate,(A) Any light-sport aircraft for which you hold the endorsements required for its category and class(1) You must hold any other endorsements required by this subpart, and comply with the limitations in §61.315.
   (ii) At least a recreational pilot certificate with a category and class rating,(A) Any light-sport aircraft in that category and class,(1) You do not have to hold any of the endorsements required by this subpart, nor do you have to comply with the limitations in §61.315.
   (iii) At least a recreational pilot certificate but not a rating for the category and class of light sport aircraft you operate,(A) That light-sport aircraft, only if you hold the endorsements required in §61.321 for its category and class,(1) You must comply with the limitations in §61.315, except §61.315(c)(14) and, if a private pilot or higher, §61.315(c)(7).
(2) Only a U.S. driver's license(i) A sport pilot certificate,(A) Any light-sport aircraft for which you hold the endorsements required for its category and class.(1) You must hold any other endorsements required by this subpart, and comply with the limitations in §61.315.
   (ii) At least a recreational pilot certificate with a category and class rating,(A) Any light-sport aircraft in that category and class,(1) You do not have to hold any of the endorsements required by this subpart, but you must comply with the limitations in §61.315.
   (iii) At least a recreational pilot certificate but not a rating for the category and class of light-sport aircraft you operate,(A) That light-sport aircraft, only if you hold the endorsements required in §61.321 for its category and class,(1) You must comply with the limitations in §61.315, except §61.315(c)(14) and, if a private pilot or higher, §61.315(c)(7).
(3) Neither a medical certificate nor a U.S. driver's license(i) A sport pilot certificate,(A) Any light-sport glider or balloon for which you hold the endorsements required for its category and class(1) You must hold any other endorsements required by this subpart, and comply with the limitations in §61.315.
   (ii) At least a private pilot certificate with a category and class rating for glider or balloon,(A) Any light-sport glider or balloon in that category and class(1) You do not have to hold any of the endorsements required by this subpart, nor do you have to comply with the limitations in §61.315.
   (iii) At least a private pilot certificate but not a rating for glider or balloon,(A) Any light-sport glider or balloon, only if you hold the endorsements required in §61.321 for its category and class(1) You must comply with the limitations in §61.315, except §61.315(c)(14) and, if a private pilot or higher, §61.315(c)(7).

(b) A person using a U.S. driver's license to meet the requirements of this paragraph must—

(1) Comply with each restriction and limitation imposed by that person's U.S. driver's license and any judicial or administrative order applying to the operation of a motor vehicle;

(2) Have been found eligible for the issuance of at least a third-class airman medical certificate at the time of his or her most recent application (if the person has applied for a medical certificate);

(3) Not have had his or her most recently issued medical certificate (if the person has held a medical certificate) suspended or revoked or most recent Authorization for a Special Issuance of a Medical Certificate withdrawn; and

(4) Not know or have reason to know of any medical condition that would make that person unable to operate a light-sport aircraft in a safe manner.

[Doc. No. FAA-2001-11133, 69 FR 44869, July 27, 2004, as amended by Amdt. 61-124, 74 FR 42562, Aug. 21, 2009; Amdt. 61-125, 75 FR 5221, Feb. 1, 2010]



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