One more important footnote, specifically for those sport pilots considering training for their private certificate in an LSA: The certificate requires that the 20-hour minimum training from an authorized instructor be completed with an instructor certified to train for recreational or higher. So, before you start working on that higher certificate, take stock of your logged training hours. I started out training for a private, so I had 15 hours logged before switching to Sport Pilot. Then, although I trained mostly with a sport pilot instructor (CFI-S) for the remainder of my sport pilot hours, six of those hours were with a traditional instructor (CFI). That means I’ve beat the magic number of required dual with an authorized instructor for the private by one hour. Now, all I have to do is complete the required training time under the hood and night cross-country — with a CFI, of course.