WDD wrote:Back on topic -
From what I've been able to determine, I can take all of my lessons in a non Light Sport plane (Cessna 172 or 150), I just can't do any solo.
So I can still take a lot of hours at the local flight school even though they don't have a Light Sport plane - assuming I can get an "regular" instructor to follow the Light Sport syllabus (with my help). And then maybe go to the US Sport Academy or someplace for a solid week or two to finish up and take the practical.
Just want to double check that.
Endorsements - what exactly is required to get a CFI to endorse you for B C D airspace, and flying over 87 kts up to 120 kts? A minimum set of hours, or just the CFI stating that the student knows what they are doing?
Can you get such endorsements prior to getting the practical test / getting the license?
First of the training requirements you will use when you start out are for student pilot. The required training for solo flight is the same regardless of the rating which you seek.
You can receive training in all of the required maneuvers with an instructor in any aircraft. If you want to solo without a medical you will need to be in a balloon, glider, or LSA. The transition to a LSA may take a while even if you are ready to solo in a Cessna 150/172, so be prepared for that. Also while you are doing the training in the 150/172 do some instrument training. It is required if you do solo cross country flight in a airplane with a Vh of greater than 87 kts.
Before you go someplace like US Sport Academy make sure you already have your student pilot certificate. It takes a while for the FAA to process the application.
To solo as a sport pilot student you will need a speed endorsement for either greater than or less than 87 kts. There is no upper speed limit placed on a sport pilot. The 120 knot limit is a aircraft limit not pilot limit. The airspace endorsement is a little different for student verse sport pilot. If you are a student the endorsement is only good for 90 days, and must be done at the specific airspace which you will be flying in. A sign off for class B airspace in Atlanta is not good for St Louis. For a sport pilot the endorsement is not time or geographically limited.
The airspeed endorsement is required before solo, so yes you have to get it before the test. For the airspace endorsement you can do the training before the check ride, but make sure the instructor references the correct regulation for the endorsement.