New Mexico Sport Aviation

Based at the Santa Fe Municipal Airport, we offer sport, recreational, and private pilot training along with rental of our airplanes.

The sport pilot certificate has opened a new chapter for aviation - no medical exam is required and we can offer training in new airplanes at a lower cost. Additionally, licensed pilots who let their medical certificates lapse can get back in the air exercising sport pilot privileges in our airplanes.

Where do I start?

 

 

 

An introductory flight is a great way to begin. You’ll get at least a half hour of ground training to introduce you to the airplane followed by a half hour flight. During the flight you’ll be able to operate the controls as much or as little as you’re comfortable with. There is no better way to know if flying is for you! Just be warned, after a few minutes at the controls you’ll likely be hooked on flying forever.

 

There are as many reasons to learn to fly as there are pilots. Some people want to travel without the hassles of the airlines. Frequent business travel is much easier when you set the schedule and can travel on your own terms. 

But, learning to fly is about much more than just transportation. It is a way to challenge yourself with learning an exciting new skill that you can enjoy for many years to come. That feeling of flying an airplane yourself for the first time is unparalleled. Many pilots fly as much for the enjoyment of slipping the bonds of earth as to travel.

We’ve even seen students who want to learn to fly to get over a fear of flying- what a great way to use knowledge and skill to conquer your fear!

So, what kind of license should I get?

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There are a few choices about which license you’d like to pursue. You don’t have to decide now - they all start the same way. All of the training towards the Sport or Recreational license can be applied to the Private. To upgrade your certificate you just need a few hours of instruction, to take a short knowledge test, and to take one more practical test. We’re happy to train you for any (or all!) of these licenses.

Sport Pilots can

  • fly “Light Sport” airplanes (like our Remos)
  • carry one passenger
  • fly during daylight
  • operate during good weather
  • fly to almost any airport in the country
  • operate without an FAA medical certificate

Recreational Pilots can

  • fly many popular airplanes, including all of the types available for rental at Santa Fe
  • carry one passenger
  • fly during daylight
  • operate during good weather
  • fly to almost any airport in the country
  • Recreational pilots are required to have an FAA third class medical certificate

Private Pilots can

  • fly any airplane from a small trainer to a jet, given the proper training
  • carry any number of passengers
  • fly at day or night
  • operate during good weather, or obtain an additional rating to fly when visibility is poor
  • fly to almost any airport in the country
  • Private pilots are required to have an FAA third class medical certificate

New Mexico Sport Aviation  -  Santa Fe Municipal Airport  -  505.490.6222  -  michael@nmsportaviation.com