If you’re looking for an exciting way to get into the air without spending hours in flight training, light sport aircraft (also known as SportCruisers) rentals at Santa Monica Flyers are a great option. Our SportCruisers are easy to fly, and our instructors offer comprehensive sport airplane training courses that are perfect for beginners!
Instructor rates range from $110 – $125/hr
The SportCruiser is a forgiving airplane and is perfect for someone new to flying or with limited flight time.
The SportCruiser rental process is simple. You must complete the required paperwork, including a renter’s agreement and a credit card authorization form. You will also need to provide your driver’s license and proof of aircraft rental insurance.
After completing the paperwork, you can schedule a checkout with a CFI from our school. The front desk can happily arrange scheduling your checkout.
To be eligible to rent our SportCruisers, you must have at least a sport pilot certificate and complete the checkout which requires and consists of:
After successfully completing a checkout with a CFI, we will upload your checkout form to your account and give you access to rent the SportCruiser on your own. If need be, a flight review endorsement can be provided if requirements are met. If 6 months pass without you renting the SportCruiser (whether on your own or with an instructor), an additional brief checkout flight with a CFI will be needed to ensure you are still current in the airplane.
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. A light sport aircraft, or LSA, is a small, single-engine plane designed for recreational flying. They are typically made from composite materials and have a maximum takeoff weight of no more than 1,320 pounds (600 KG).
An aircraft must meet specific requirements to be classified as a light sport aircraft. A light sport aircraft must meet the following:
A pilot must have at least a sport pilot certificate to operate a light sport aircraft. This license differs from a private pilot license and only allows you to fly light sport aircraft. To obtain a sport pilot license, you must:
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.
Many sport pilots choose to fly nearby KSMO. This includes, but is not limited to, the following airports:
If you’re looking for an exciting way to get into the air without spending hours in flight training, light sport aircraft rentals at Santa Monica Flyers are a great option! Our SportCruiser is easy to fly, and our instructors offer comprehensive light sport airplane training courses that is perfect for beginners!
Contact the experienced team at Santa Monica Flyers today by calling (310) 800-8050
3165 Donald Douglas Loop SouthSanta Monica Municipal Airport (SMO)Santa Monica, CA 90405
Hours: 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (Pacific), 7 days a week