As I understand it, the idea of a "sport pilot" license was to try to expand gen av by requiring a little less of the initial training and therefore lowering costs and hopefully bringing in more new students.
So my main question is how has this worked? How many new students are going for sport instead of full private? How many schools and CFI s are offering sport? Has it lowered the cost apprecaibly and are there students coming in because of it?
I don't want to debate on this topic if sport is good or bad , but how is it working?
I am not sure of the specifics, but if I understand it, you can do sport in a regular plane like a 172. Thus, it is like an abreviated version of a private. If this is correct, how much of the private curriculum is left out? If it is only about 10 %, perhaps night flying, it would seem that the savings in time and money would be pretty small. Is this the case?
I do know that human nature and that of shopper can be pretty silly, otherwise why would service stations put gas prices at $3.99 instead of $4.00?
The next area of savings would be to get the sport license in an LSA. So how is that working, as to number of students and savings? I have a friend that did that, and enjoyed it ,but he took a break in the middle of training and thus took longer and did not realize any savings over doing it quickly in the standard plane.
And is the sport rating or LSA s really bringing in new students who would not be there otherwise, or is it mainly diverting them from the normal private pilot training?
What I see in the area around Denver is that there is only one place that I know of, Erie that even offers LSA s , so it may not have much impact. It does seem that a lot are being designed and offered.