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As a sport pilot, you are allowed to use your state driver’s license to establish medical fitness when you fly a light-sport aircraft (LSA) weight-shift control trike. You must also follow any restrictions or limitations listed on your driver’s license. In addition, you must determine before each flight that you are medically fit to operate your aircraft in a safe manner. As a pilot, it is your responsibility to ensure that your current medical health in no way jeopardizes the safety of a flight.

If you are a private pilot in airplane or trike who has let their medical expire, you can fly as a sport pilot using your drivers license as medical eligibility. In other words, if you have a private pilot licence/certificate, and you let your medical expire, you can fly as a sport pilot (only in LSA) with your drivers license.

However, as a previous pilot or student pilot in airplane, trike, or PPC, who has had their FAA medical certificate or most recent application denied, revoked, withdrawn, or suspended by the FAA, you are not allowed to operate using your driver’s license until you clear the denial from your airman record by having a valid third class medical certificate issued.

Words of wisdom: It is best to let your medical expire and fly as a sport pilot in LSA rather than denied, revoked, withdrawn, or suspended and have to clear medical or not fly at all.

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