Light Sport Aircraft Rental & Training

If you’re looking for an exciting way to get into the air without having to spend hours in flight training, light sport aircraft (also known as Sport Cruisers) rentals at Santa Monica Flyers are a great option. Our Sport Cruisers are easy to fly, and our instructors offer comprehensive sport airplane training courses that are perfect for beginners!

Sport Cruiser Fleet

This Light-Sport Aircraft (LSA) is a perfect 2 seater plane for those looking to get like captain ray and their Sport or Private license in a budget-friendly way.

What is the light sport aircraft rental experience like at Santa Monica Flyers?

The sport cruiser is a very forgiving airplane and is perfect for someone who is new to flying or has limited flight time.

The sport rental process is simple. You first need to complete the required paperwork, which includes a renter’s agreement and a credit card authorization form. You will also need to provide your driver’s license and proof of insurance.

After the paperwork is complete, you will be given a briefing on how to operate the sport aircraft. The briefing includes a review of the pre-flight check list, taxi instructions, takeoff procedures, and landing procedures.

After the sport aircraft rental briefing, you can go to the airplane and get ready for takeoff. 

What is a light sport aircraft?

A light sport aircraft, or LSA, is a small, single-engine plane that is designed for recreational flying. They are typically made from composite materials and have a maximum takeoff weight of less than 1320 pounds. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) created the sport aircraft category in 2004 to make it easier for people to get their pilot license and sport aircraft and light sport sea.

An aircraft must meet certain requirements in order to be classified as a sport aircraft. The light sport aircraft must have:

  • A top speed in level flight with power off between 55 and 120 knots (63 to 138 mph).
  • A stall speed not greater than 24 knots (27.43 mph). Light sport aircraft can land at this same speed without damage to the light sport aircraft or pilot.
  • A Vne (never exceed speed) of not more than 150 knots (172.37 mph).
  • A power-off glide ratio of at least six to one.

In addition, light sport aircraft must be equipped with:

  • Two seats that are facing forward.
  • A fixed landing gear. Seaplanes and amphibious light sport aircraft are permitted to have retractable landing gear and flight design ctls with a good captain.
  • An airworthiness certificate that is valid for light sport aircraft. A light sport aircraft must be built specifically for the light sport category, but does not need a type certificate or production standard approval in order for it to be considered a light sport airplane.
  • In addition to these requirements, you must also have a light sport pilot license to operate a light sport aircraft.

What are light sport aircraft pilot requirements?

To operate a light sport aircraft, a pilot must have at least a sport pilot certificate. This license is different from a private pilot license and allows you to fly sport aircraft only. To obtain a sport pilot license, you must:

  • Be at least 16 years old.
  • Pass an FAA medical exam or have a valid, unexpired, Driver’s License.
  • Have at least 20 hours of sport aircraft flight training.
  • Pass an FAA written exam. The sport pilot license is actually a restricted private pilot certificate that allows you to fly light sport aircraft only and does not carry over into other types of flying, such as commercial or general aviation. If you want to be able to fly sport aircraft in addition to other types of planes, you need a private pilot license.
  • Pass an FAA checkride with a Designated Pilot Examiner (DPE). The DPE will sign off on your sport training and tell the Federal Aviation Administration that you are competent enough to carry out solo flights in light air craft. In order to exercise light sport privileges, you need to log at least three takeoffs and landings within the previous 90 days.
  • Be able to read, speak and understand English well enough to communicate with air traffic control or flight service station personnel and man opening doorways for your own experience.

What does it cost to rent a light sport aircraft?

The light sport aircraft rental rate at Santa Monica Flyers is $169 per hour (wet).

The hourly rate for a light sport aircraft rental is the same for both residents and non-residents of California. There is no sales tax on light sport aircraft rentals in California.

Where do light sport planes fly in the Los Angeles area?

Many sport pilots choose to fly nearby KSMO. This includes, but is not limited to, the following airports:

  • Van Nuys Airport
  • John Wayne Airport
  • Long Beach Airport
  • Bob Hope Airport (Burbank)

Are you looking for an exciting experience?

If you’re looking for an exciting way to get into the air without having to spend hours in flight training, light sport aircraft rentals at Santa Monica Flyers are a great option! Our light sport aircraft are easy to fly, and our instructors offer comprehensive sport  airplane training courses that are perfect for beginners!

Contact the experienced team at Santa Monica Flyers today by calling (310) 800-8050


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