WDD wrote:The tough part about this is that any GA CFI can also give instruction for someone getting their sport license. You don't even have to fly a sport plane in training. You just have to do your solo, solo cross country, and final exam in an LSA. Which means you'll have to do some transition training to the new LSA.
That you have to drive that far while passing numerous airports with CFI's just to find one who will train you is crazy.
So..... a work around could be to take the 3rd class medical, get a student pilot license for GA, not Sport. Take the bulk of your lessons locally. Get the basics that you'll need for a sport license. Skip night flying. Then take the sport pilot ground test, get a sport pilot student license, and then finish up your hours somewhere else.
But...... are there any sport planes in your area that you'll be able to fly after you get your license? If not, then maybe the PPL would be still an option so you could at least rent a 172 and get in the air.
There is only on student pilot certificate. You can do sport, recreational or private pilot training with it. You must have a medical or Basic Med to exercise the privileges of the certificate for anything other than sport pilot in a LSA.
I have started recommending recreational pilot to those who ask about sport pilot, but the medical is not an issue. I can take someone through recreational pilot and plus the training to remove the cross country restriction in less flight time in a Piper Warrior than I can do sport pilot in something like a Flight Design CT.