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Our GroundSchool Sport Pilot FAA Knowledge Test Preparation materials are the best way for you to prepare for your Sport Pilot FAA written test. We feature regularly updated question banks of actual FAA questions, user experiences designed for fast, efficient study, all charts and figures that you need, and questions featuring detailed explanations by our editorial staff of professional pilots and flight instructors. Don't take our word for it, though - check out the PC versions free, from below and see for yourself. Thank you for giving GroundSchool a try!

This software can help you be ready for any of the following FAA Knowledge Tests:
Sport Pilot (General)
 
Sport Pilot (Instructor and Examiner)
Sport Pilot General (SPG)   Sport Pilot Instructor / Examiner Airplane (SIA/SEA)
Sport Pilot Airplane (SPA)   Sport Pilot Instructor / Examiner Lighter than Air (Balloon) (SIB/SEB)
Sport Pilot Lighter than Air (Balloon) (SPB)   Sport Pilot Instructor / Examiner Glider (SII/SEI)
Sport Pilot Glider (SPI)   Sport Pilot Instructor / Examiner Lighter than Air (Airship) (SIL/SEL)
Sport Pilot Lighter than Air (Airship) (SPL)   Sport Pilot Instructor / Examiner Powered Parachute (SIP/SEP)
Sport Pilot Powered Parachute (SPP)   Sport Pilot Instructor / Examiner Weight Shift Control (SIW/SEW)
Sport Pilot Weight Shift Control (SPW)   Sport Pilot Instructor / Examiner Gyroplane (SIY/SEY)
Sport Pilot Gyroplane (SPY)      

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"T" Cirincione
"T" Cirincione is a captain for a Fortune 50 company flying Citation X and Learjet 60’s. He has 23+ years of aviation experience and holds the following ratings: ATP, Gold Seal CFI, CFII, MEI, FE – Turbojet, and A&P. He has a Master of Science in Aeronautical Science, a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Management, and an Associate of Science in Aircraft Maintenance Technology. His has taught A&P students for Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and Learjet 60 initial and recurrent classes for FlightSafety International. Prior to that, T was a Flight Examiner in the US Air Force, and an instructor at the USAF Fighter Weapons School flying the mighty F-4 Phantom. He has over 4000 hours in fighters and corporate aircraft. When not immersed in aviation, T enjoys fly-fishing, bow hunting, and 4-wheelin’ his Jeep.

Greg Reverdiau
Greg is an FAA certified Flight Instructor (CFI, CFII) and Commercial Single and Multi Engine, Instrument pilot. He is currently located in Melbourne, FL but originally grew up in Dijon, France. He gradued from Florida Tech with a Bachelor degree in Aeronautical Science and is currently pursuing a Masters Degree in Aviation Human Factors. He's a Flight Operations Administration Supervisor and also loves to take pictures and develop websites.

Danny Aslinger
Danny grew up in Ketchikan, Alaska where, after watching thousands of seaplanes take-off and land, grew interested in aviation. With the encouragement of his parents, sisters, and most recently his wife Jessica, Danny began pursuing his dream of flying in 1998 while attending college at the University of Idaho. He is a commercially rated pilot and also a certified flight instructor with instrument instruction privileges. In addition to his flight experience, Danny has an extensive teaching background from guiding and teaching sea kayaking in Alaska and Idaho, a job which he began when he was 15 years old.

Denis Khripkov
Denis is a corporate captain with significant experience Cessna, Dassault Falcon, and now, elite Gulfstream IV/V aircraft. Previously, Denis has flown a Yak 42 regional jet for Aeroflot. Denis also has several thousands of hours of small plane experience as a CFI/I and aerial inspection pilot. When not flying, Denis spends his time overwatering his garden and playing with his young children.

Bill Hughes
Bill is now one of the most prominent and experienced Hot Air Balloon pilots in the USA. However, his aviation experience is far deeper: Bill is a former US Navy pilot who has over 9,000 hours of flight experience in everything from jets to helicopters. He has served as an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner and Safety Counselor. He was a crewmember for Malcolm Forbes’ balloon flight across America in 1973. Each year he acts as Balloonmeister* for several balloon events and last year celebrated his 22nd year as Balloonmeister for the Adirondack Balloon Festival in Glens Falls, NY.

 

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GroundSchool is designed to help you learn the material and score highly on your test in the most efficient manner possible. Our software represents years of listening to and understanding the needs of pilots and mechanics. The program is designed with the singular goal of helping you learn the material so you can pass your FAA written test with a minimum of time and effort. Sure, there are some study methods that are cheaper (and many far more expensive!).. but only if your time is worth nothing.. Our software is fast, efficient, and proven.

Here are a few screenshots from the software:

GroundSchool SPORTPILOT Main Menu

GroundSchool SPORTPILOT Test Selection Screen

GroundSchool SPORTPILOT Chapter Selection

GroundSchool SPORTPILOT Test and Study Options

GroundSchool SPORTPILOT Test Screen Screenshot

With our FAA Written Test Prep software, you don't have to worry about having an out of date version. Our authors work to update the data as FAA question pools change. Groundschool has a built-in self-update feature that connects to our servers and makes sure that you have the latest and greatest versions of the software and data soon after they becomes available.

Additionally, the self-update can be used to install new test data (such as Instrument Rating on top of Private Pilot) so you can have it when and where you need it.

"I wanted to express my gratitude for the FAA Ground School Test Prep Software. The features are outstanding with regard to knowledge reinforcement, cross referencing, concentrating on weak points, and ease of use. Even if you have one of the other home study courses you still need this program."
- DM - GroundSchool User.

 

A "test bank" contains one or more tests. For example, the "Private and Recreational Pilot" test bank will contain the Private Pilot Airplane, Private Pilot Helicopter, and other tests. You'll be able to see the exact tests in each of the test banks in the screens to follow. Here are the available GroundSchool test banks:

Private and Recreational Pilot Airline Transport Pilot Aviation Mechanic (General)
Instrument Rating (IFR) Flight Engineer Aviation Mechanic (Airframe)
Commercial Pilot Sport Pilot (General) Aviation Mechanic (Powerplant)
Flight and Ground Instructor Sport Pilot (Instructor & Examiner) Parachute Rigger
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Any Individual Test Bank
  Unlimited use of the program to help you prepare for for tests in one of the above test banks.  
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'Pick 3' Bundle
 

Unlock any three pilot or mechanic test banks. You can choose ANY combination of 3 of the test banks shown above, including:
   IFR/Commercial/CFI
Mechanic General/Airframe/Powerplant
CFI/FE/ATP
etc.

$99.99
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Sport Pilot
Sport Pilot Instructor and Examiner
FOI
Sport Pilot Bundle
 

For those looking to really make the most of the world of light sport piloting! Includes the following two test banks + FOI:
   Sport Pilot
Sport Pilot Instructor and Examiner
Fundamentals of Instruction

$69.99
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Private Pilot and Recreational Pilot
Instrument Rating (IFR)
Commercial Pilot
Flight and Ground Instructor
Fundamentals of Instruction
Takeoff Bundle
 

For the serious and committed pilot! Includes all of the following test banks:
   Private and Recreational Pilot
Instrument Rating (including Instrument Flight Instructor - CFII)
Commercial Pilot
Flight Instructor (including Ground Instructor and Fundamentals of Instruction)

$114.99
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Private Pilot and Recreational Pilot
Instrument Rating (IFR)
Commercial Pilot
Flight and Ground Instructor
Fundamentals of Instruction
Sport Pilot
Sport Pilot Instructor and Examiner
Takeoff Bundle + Sport Pilot Bundle
 

For the serious and committed pilot who may also want to operate in the Light Sport Pilot realm. Includes all of the following test banks:
   Private and Recreational Pilot
Instrument Rating (including Instrument Flight Instructor - CFII)
Commercial Pilot
Flight Instructor (including Ground Instructor and Fundamentals of Instruction)
Sport Pilot
Sport Pilot Instructor and Examiner

$149.99
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Airline Transport Pilot
Flight Engineer
FlightLevel Bundle
 

For already experienced, but soon to be professional pilots! Includes the following two test banks:
   Flight Engineer (Reciprocating, Turbojet, and Turboprop)
Airline Transport Pilot (Parts 121 and 135, both add-on and initial), plus Aircraft Dispatcher

$49.99
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Private Pilot and Recreational Pilot
Instrument Rating (IFR)
Commercial Pilot
Flight and Ground Instructor
Fundamentals of Instruction
Airline Transport Pilot
Flight Engineer
Pro Pilot Bundle
  For the Professional Pilot of the future! One of our best Value FAA written test prep packages. This is for those really focused on a career in aviation. This package includes both the Takeoff and FlightLevel Bundles combined.
$139.99
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Private Pilot and Recreational Pilot
Instrument Rating (IFR)
Commercial Pilot
Flight and Ground Instructor
Fundamentals of Instruction
Sport Pilot
Sport Pilot Instructor and Examiner
Airline Transport Pilot
Flight Engineer
Pro Pilot Bundle + Sport Pilot Bundle
  For the Professional Pilot of the future who also wants to operate in the dynamic Sport Pilot world! Our Best Value FAA written test prep package. This is for those really focused on a career in aviation but who also love it enough and want the 'future proofing' security of also getting a Sport Pilot license(s). This package everything from the Takeoff, Sport Pilot, and FlightLevel Bundles combined.
$174.99
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A&P General
A&P Airframe
A&P Powerplant
Aviation Mechanic A&P Bundle
 

Complete preparation for the three written / knowledge tests (General, Airframe, and Powerplant) that you'll need to take and pass to get get an FAA A&P certificate. Includes access to all three A&P test banks. Please note: choosing this is the same as choosing a "pick 3" bundle above and then selecting the mechanic tests from there.

$99.99
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Military Competence (only)
  This is for purchasing the Military Competence test banks (Military Competence Airplane and Helicopter - MCA and MCH and/or Military Competence Instructor (MCI)) only. Purchase this option if you are a military pilot wishing to obtain your FAA civilian commercial pilot and/or flight instructor certificate(s) on the basis of your military experience. See the Military Competence page for full details.
$29.99
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Fundamentals of Instruction
Fundamentals of Instruction (only)
  This is for purchasing the prep for the Fundamentals of Instruction (FOI) test only. This is for people who are sure that they need ONLY the FOI prep. Most flight and ground instructor candidates should NOT get this, but rather the complete CFI test bank that includes all the flight/ground instructor tests plus the FOI. To be clear: any purchase that includes CFI automatically includes FOI at no extra charge, so that if you selected CFI as a title either as a 'single test bank' or part of the pick 3 bundle, you'd get both CFI and FOI and it would only count as one test bank. This "FOI only" option here is at a lower price for those who know that they will only ever need FOI.
$24.99
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Frequently Asked Questions
Comments by Dauntless Aviation, creators of the GroundSchool Sport Pilot software are in blue
Question

Where can I get information about the Sport Pilot Program?

AnswerSport pilot enthusiasts may find information on the Regulatory Support Division Web site at www.faa.gov in the Light Sport Aviation Branch (AFS-610) area.
Question

What is the age requirement to take the sport pilot knowledge test?

AnswerAn applicant must be at least 15 years of age to take the test, although applicants for the balloon or glider tests must be 14 years of age. Prior to taking the knowledge test, an applicant shall be asked to present a birth certificate or other official documentation as evidence of meeting the age requirement.
Dauntless: We occasionally get asked by young people who are eager to start their training when they should start studying. If you're really sure you're ready to take the test as soon as you reach the relevant birthday, then we generally suggest studying for about three weeks before this date if you can study for an hour or two every other night and pehraps two or three months in advance if you can only study once a week or so.
Question

What aircraft can I fly as a sport pilot?

AnswerYou are limited to flying an aircraft that meets the definition of a light sport aircraft (LSA). An LSA is any certificated aircraft that meets the following performance parameters:
  • 1,320 pounds Maximum Gross Weight (1,430 pounds for seaplanes)
  • 45 knots (51 mph) Max Landing Configuration Stall
  • 120 knots (138 mph) Max. Straight & Level
  • Single or Two seat Aircraft
  • Fixed Pitch or Ground Adjustable Propeller
  • Fixed Landing Gear (except for amphibious aircraft)
Dauntless: The Sport Pilot certificate has proven itself to be popular with all sorts of people. This includes people who can not qualify for a normal medical certificate (usually due to some known medical condition) or who simply want to take advantage of the lower costs that light sport aircraft can provide. Of course, some light sport aircraft are very expensive and some regular aircraft are relatively inexpensive to operate, though in general light sport aircraft can be thought of as less expensive. This all said, the Sport Pilot certificate should be viewed as seperate from the normal progression of aviation certificates. If you want to fly light sport aircraft, then by all means go for a light sport pilot certificate. However, if you want to fly heavier, faster, and more capable aircraft - either recreationally or as a career, then you probably do NOT want to get a sport pilot certificate, but rather should aim for a Private Pilot Certificate as your first goal.
Question

What are the restrictions on a sport pilot?

AnswerSport pilots cannot make flights:
  • at night;
  • in controlled airspace unless you receive training and a logbook endorsement;
  • outside the U.S. without advance permission from that/those country(ies);
  • for the purpose of sight-seeing with passengers for charity fundraisers;
  • above 10,000' MSL;
  • when the flight or surface visibility is less than 3 statute miles;
  • unless you can see the surface of the earth for flight reference;
  • in LSA with a maximum speed in level flight with maximum continuous power (VH) of greater than 87 knots (100 mph), unless you receive training and a logbook endorsement;
  • if the operating limitations issued with the aircraft do not permit that activity;
  • contrary to any limitation listed on the pilot's certificate, U.S. driver's license, FAA medical certificate, or logbook endorsement(s); and
  • while carrying a passenger or property for compensation or hire (no commercial operations)
Dauntless: The above restrictions are valid at the time of this writing though are subject to change.
Question

How should I prepare for the knowledge test?

AnswerTo adequately prepare for the knowledge test, the FAA suggests that you review 14 CFR part 61, section 309, for preparing for the sport pilot knowledge test. The regulations require an applicant to have logged ground training from an authorized instructor, or to present evidence of having satisfactorily completed a course of instruction or home-study course in the knowledge areas appropriate to the category and class aircraft for the rating sought.
Dauntless: Our software is 100% what you need to prepare for your Sport Pilot test. It covers the items discussed above. After you have completed your study, you can either for example print out a record of your study to show your instructor who can give you the necessary endorsement to take the actual test or you can use our endorsement service where we can mail you the appropriate endorsement.
Question

What document or documents must I present prior to taking a knowledge test?

AnswerAn applicant for a knowledge test must present appropriate personal identification. The identification must include a photograph of the applicant, the applicant's signature, and the applicant's actual residential address (if different from the mailing address). This information may be presented in more than one form. The applicant must also present one of the following:
  • A certificate of graduation from an FAA-approved pilot school or pilot training course appropriate to the certificate or rating sought, or a statement of accomplishment from the school certifying the satisfactory completion of the ground-school portion of such a course.
  • A written statement or logbook endorsement from an FAA-Certificated Ground or Flight Instructor, certifying that the applicant has satisfactorily completed an applicable ground training or home-study course and is prepared for the knowledge test.
  • A certificate of graduation from a home-study course developed by the aeronautical enterprise providing the study material. The certificate of graduation must correspond to the FAA knowledge test for the certificate or rating sought. The aeronautical enterprise providing the course of study must also supply a comprehensive knowledge test, which can be scored as evidence that the student has completed the course of study. When the student satisfactorily completes the knowledge test, it is sent to the course provider for scoring by an FAA-Certificated Ground or Flight Instructor. The instructor personally evaluates the test and attests to the student's knowledge of the subjects presented in the course. Upon satisfactory completion, a graduation certificate is sent to the student.
  • In the event of retesting after a failure, the applicant must present the unsatisfactory Airman Test Report. If the applicant elects to retest for a higher score, the satisfactory Airman Test Report must be surrendered to the test administrator
Dauntless: as stated in the previous question, we can basically provide the third option above for you if necessary. Please see our instructor endorsement service web page for more detail and pricing about this. About 10% of the users of our software use our endorsement service while others obtain such an endorsement from their instructor. Either way works.
Question

If I fail the knowledge test, is there any way to determine the areas in which I need additional work, so I can study for a retest?

AnswerYes. You will receive an Airman Test Report from the testing center. The test report will contain your test score and will also list topic and content descriptions for the areas in which you were deficient.
Dauntless: In the statistically unlikely event that you do fail, you can take the above mentioned knowledge test report and enter the topic codes into our GroundSchool software. This will then allow you to find and zero in on those questions where you need more work.
Question

If I pass the knowledge test, will I receive the same information concerning areas in which I need additional work as I would if I failed the test?

AnswerYes. (Refer to the previous answer.)
  • Dauntless: One of the cool things about our software is that, unlike life-limited books and DVDs, we offer a lifetime personal license. So, even if you get a 100% now through using our software (as many before you have), you can use it later on to brush up on whatever areas you may need a refresher on.
  • Question

    How long is a satisfactorily completed knowledge test valid?

    Answer2 years. A satisfactorily completed knowledge test expires at the end of the day of the 24th month after the month in which it was taken. If a practical test is not satisfactorily completed during that period, another knowledge test must be taken.
    Dauntless: and again, if you do need longer than 24 calendar months, for whatever reason, our software will be there for you thanks to our lifetime free personal license policy.

     

    Thanks for checking out the software! Good luck on your test, and blue skies!

    The FAATest.com Team

     

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