Pilot Training

Learn to fly light-sport airplane and weight-shift control trikes with industry leader, Paul Hamilton at Sport Aviation Center LLC.

  • Obtain your Sport Pilot license to fly an airplane LSA, or
  • Obtain your Sport Pilot or Private Pilot license to fly a trike LSA.
  • Become a Sport Pilot Certified Flight Instructor (CFIS)

If you are a student pilot, aircraft owner, pilot or returning pilot, virtual pilot, aviation mechanic, or flight instructor this is the place to find all information and training resources in one central location.

Aircraft to Learn to Fly

You can choose the aircraft to fly from one of the greatest number of LSA available in the US.


Cessna 162 Skycatcher

We now have the Cessna 162 Skycatcher N3034Y available flying out of Reno International airport KRNO with the Cessna Flight Center Flying Start Aero for flight training and rental.  This Skycatcher is a great addition to the light sport fleet. It is a nice flying airplane and the best overall considering performance, avionics and flight characteristics making it easy to learn.


Zodiac 650

The popular Zodiac updated 650 version is now available for flight training and rental. This was added since the Zodiac 601 was so popular and we obtained the updated version, the 650, which takes of and lands easier. This is a new aircraft with 360 degree visibility.


Trike, Weight-Shift Control LSA

For you trike enthusiasts, we now have a second weight-shift control aircraft and a sport/private pilot instructor, Bob Harington. Whether you’re looking for primary Sport Pilot or Private Pilot training or to transition to fly a trike we can easily make it happen.

View of Lake Tahoe from Washoe Valley


Sport Aviation Center LLC offers LSA pilot training at Carson City Airport in Carson City, NV and also with Atlantic Aviation/Flying Start Aero LLC at Reno-Tahoe International Airport in Reno, NV.

Our location in the High Sierra Desert near Lake Tahoe, with year round relatively temperate weather conditions, is a big plus – you can log more flying hours faster and get your certification quicker.

Sport Pilot Student Course Materials

Flight & Ground School Courses

We feature the Hamilton Pilot Training System (HPTS), a flight and ground training system to teach you to learn to fly, and instruct in (if you wish), light sport aircraft including fixed-wing aircraft (airplanes), weight-shift control aircraft (trikes), to become a Sport Pilot, Sport Pilot Certified Flight Instructor (CFIS), or Private Pilot.

Zodiac 16R, about to land, cockpit view

Aviation eLearning & Simulator Flight Training

We also provide LSA pilot information and training resources including conventional ground school, flight training, simulator flight training, books and printed materials, and digital e-Learning with ebooks, as well as, web-based on-line Aviation eLearning.


Train with the best

As you can see, we have great facilities, a year round location, comprehensive training system, numerous aircraft, and excellent flight instructors ready to assist you in your adventure of becoming a pilot and learning to fly.