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Hello. I hope you all are having a wonderful day. I was just wondering how one becomes a Sport Pilot. Since I have a passion for aviation and flying and eventually want to get my PPL. Though due to medication I am on for ADHD that is prohibited by the FAA I am currently eligible to get a PPL. My understanding of being a sport pilot is that I would be limited in hours of flight. Also, that does not require a medical certificate which is my biggest hurdle at this time. Any advice would be much appreciated. Thank you to all of those that take the time to read this and or respond with advice. 
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Hello again. I had some information mix up. There was an article relating to this that mentioned that the limitations on certain medications may be a lifter for people looking to get their pilot's license. However yes I do understand where you are coming from and I want to take any provocation and step I can so that I can be a safe pilot for myself and others. I will work closely with my medical providers to ensure that this is the case. Thank you for all your help. It is much appreciated. 
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Janak Maloney:

https://www.oig.dot.gov/library-item/38120. Here is the link to the DOT's evaluation into the FAA. I hope this is helpful. 

That has nothing to do with the issue at hand.  It is directed only at improving the identification of airline pilots with mental problems so they can be removed from duty before they do something crazy, like the Germanwings or Egyptajr crashes.  Sport Pilot limitations are not part of that effort.

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https://www.oig.dot.gov/library-item/38120. Here is the link to the DOT's evaluation into the FAA. I hope this is helpful. 
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You are correct that Sport Pilots are limited to daytime flying.  For a full list of Sport Pilot limitations, see 14  CFR 61.315(c).  You can find those regulations at ecfr.gov.

As to a DoT review of the limitations on Sport Pilots, I have not heard of such. Can you point me to where you here about that?  I know the FAA is considering expanding the size of the airplanes which Sport Pilots can fly to include things like a Cessna 150 and possibly a Cessna 172, but I did not know of any such review at the DoT level.  That said, the FAA review has been ongoing for sometime, and I wouldn't count on it happening any time soon -- major changes in such regulations usually take a few years from the initial idea to a new rule becoming effective.
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Hello. As for limited hours for some reason, I had the impression that Sport Pilots were limited to flying during the day and not at night.  Though I have limitations due to my medication I have seen my Primary Care lately. I understand that a medical is not required but I would like to follow the faa's guidance in this regard so that I may properly operate a sport aircraft. Thank you for replying and for the information. It is much appreciated. This may be different in the future however since the DOT(Department of Transportation) is doing an evaluation on the FAA's requirements and restrictions on pilots. 
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While flying as a Sport Pilot on the basis of your drivers license frees you from the requirement for a Medical Certificate, it is not a blanket approval to ignore the effects of psychoactive medications on your ability to fly safely.  You must "not know or have reason to know of any medical condition that would make [you] unable to operate a light-sport aircraft in a safe manner," to quote the regulation.  That requires you to work with your    primary care and any relevant specialist physicians to make that determination.  For more guidance on that, see:

https://www.faa.gov/licenses_certificates/medical_certification/sportpilots/

For a lot more about Sport Pilot, see:

https://www.aopa.org/go-fly/medical-resources/flying-sport-pilot
https://www.aopa.org/advocacy/advocacy-briefs/frequently-asked-questions-about-sport-pilot

As for being "limited in hours of flight," I'm not sure what you mean.  Yes, Sport Pilots have limitations on the aircraft they may fly (mainly size and speed), and the conditions in which they may fly (daytime with good weather), but outside of those, you can fly all you want.