Eligibility requirements: An applicant for a student pilot certificate must:
1. Read, write, speak and understand English, (if not, refer to AC 60-28);
2. Be at least 16 years of age for airplane, gyroplane, airship, weight-shift control, or powered parachute (14 years of age for balloons and gliders);
61.313. Aeronautical Experience Required for a Sport Pilot Certificate. Except as specified in 61.329, use the following table to determine the aeronautical experience you must have to apply for a sport pilot certificate:
(a) Airplane category and single-engine land or sea class privileges
(i) 2 hours of cross-country flight training(ii) 10 takeoffs and landings to a full stop (with each landing involving a flight in the traffic pattern) at an airport(iii) One solo cross country flight of at least 75 nautical miles total distance, with a full-stop landing at a minimum of two points and one segment of the flight consisting of a straight-line distance of at least 25 nautical miles between the takeoff and landing locations, and(iv) 3 hours of flight training on those areas of operation specified in 61.311 preparing for the practical test within 60 days before the date of the test.