The Sport Pilot is what the Recreational Pilot should have been. It was conceived to encourage new pilots by making it less expensive by eliminating radio experience, longer cross countries, and night experience. It does include instructional and solo cross countries. Thus the Sport Pilot is able to go cross country.
In my opinion, it really is an "mini Private Pilot" allowing you to carry ONE passenger in lighter (1320# GW max.) two-place aircraft. You would be prevented from going to airports such as Rochester, Buffalo or Syracuse without a specific endorsement from your instructor. It is intended for the pilot who wants to fly solo or with a companion while avoiding the busier airports.
It is a good rating for an ultralight pilot since there is no FAA required training to fly ultralight aircraft. It also permits flying "real" aircraft that are not restricted by the very limited weight of an ultralight aircraft.
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