Earn your sport pilot license

St. John’s Northwestern Academies and Spring City Aviation, Inc., in conjunction with Side by Side Aviation, LLC, have teamed up to train students (domestic only) toward earning their Sport Pilot License. This certificate program safely and easily trains students for recreational flying in light-sport aircraft.

Students will earn 0.5 high school elective credit for each semester of completed work, 1.0 credit maximum. Academic OPS cadets earn 0.5 high school elective credit and train at the Waukesha County Airport. Grades are based on goal completion, classroom work, flight instructor evaluations, flight schedule coordination, and exams.

Qualified students may then work toward their private pilot’s license. An additional 20 hours minimum of logged flight time is required.


Training Requirements

  • 20 hours of ground school classroom training
  • At least 20 hours flight time
    • 15 hours of flight time with an authorized instructor
    • 5 hours of solo flight time
  • Flight training must include at least 2 hours cross-country flight training and 10 takeoffs and landings to a full stop
  • One solo cross-country flight of at least 75 nautical miles
    • Must include a full-stop landing at a minimum of two points
    • One segment must consist of a straight-line distance of at least 25 nautical miles between takeoff and landing locations
  • 3 hours flight training in preparation for the practical test
    • FAA knowledge test on applicable aeronautical knowledge areas
    • FAA practical test for the applicable Light-Sport Aircraft privilege


  • Ground school – $3,740
  • Before first solo flight – $5,000
  • After first solo flight – $5,000

Costs cover instruction, airplane rental, FAA medical exam (if needed), course supplies, examination fees and transportation to the airport. The total cost of the program depends on variables including the student’s commitment and progress. Funds paid to Spring City are held on account and withdrawn at each training session. Students who miss scheduled flights or training sessions will still be charged in order to pay for the instructor and reserved plane.

For more information, please call the Academic Office at 262-646-7126 or email academicoffice@sjnacademies.org.