bryancobb wrote: Nowadays, you can still get a class III if you want to and may still get that manilla student pilots license.
That Manila student pilot certificate no longer exists. The student certificate (which no longer expires) is blue plastic. The temporary student pilot certificate (issued by a CFI or DPE) is printed on white paper and is good for 120 days. An AME can still issue a medical certificate, but can no longer issue a studednt pilot certificate.
The FAA probably has a form for "Basic Med" Private students that is very similar to or even the exact same form that Sport Pilot students fill out to get their Student Pilots License.
No, basic med only applies to private or above, not student pilots.
Private and Sport Pilot students get their Student Pilots Licenses THE SAME WAY
That part is true.
unless the Private student WANTS to get a Class III Medical for some unexplainable reason.
But that part isn't true, since to even get Basic Med, you must first have held at least a 3rd class medical certificate.
Under Basic Med, any person with a Pilot's license, can fly any aircraft up to 6 occupant capacity, WITHOUT even a 3rd class medical.
They can fly day or night. They can fly VFR or IFR. The plane can weigh up to 6000 pounds and be a piston or turbine. It can have retracts and have a variable pitch "constant speed" prop.
Almost true. Just not "any person with a pilot's license." You meant any person with a PP or above
The only restriction is ...YOU CANNOT CHARGE. No Compensation or hire.
A PP cannot charge in any case (with either a medical or Basic Med). Any flight for compensation or hire has always required a commercial certificate or above (with the exception of an FAR 61 Subpart K CFI).
not having a medical really doesn't prohibit any of the flying of most pilots flying for recreation.
That's generally true.
I go to my FBO routinely and rent their late-model 172's in spite of the fact that I haven't held a medical OF ANY CLASS in over 10 years. I load up
my family of 3 and go 500 miles or more.
That's only true if you have Basic Med (which could be argued is just a new class of medical, so technically you DO have medical certification).
The practical benefits of the Sport Pilot rating THESE DAYS are very very few and are as follows,
You left out one important one. SP is a great
benefit to those who never held a medical, or didn't hold one during the 10 year look back period, and can't get a medical because of health issues, but are still fit enough to self-assess and fly safely.
* If you own an ultralight-type aircraft that's too heavy for part 103, you may be able to get it N-Numbered and legally fly it as an LSA and log the time and count it toward higher pilots certificates.
That window of opportunity closed years ago