Okay, I've got a question for the respected folks here.
48yrs old, can pass the flight physical, 10 years ago had 50+/- hours into a PART 135 private pilot program out of the Elmendorf Aero Club. (152's and a SWEET 180hp 172).
Now, I of course have no desire to get my commercial license, or even really ever carry passengers. My entire desire to fly is to get back into it for fun (without passangers), and my previous flights in a SuperDecathalon and a Great Lakes (open cockpit) were the BEST flying experiences of my life.
What would be the most logical way to get back into flying enough that on occasion I could go RENT an aerobatic aircraft and go have some fun? (with instructor is okay...I don't even have to be solo...but of course that would be MORE fun eventually).
Can this be done with the sport pilot certification? Do they even still HAVE that certification? Would that be a mistake? What type of certification do I need (and would be best...I'm not trying to save money, exactly..well sorta...But mainly I just want to take the most direct route to what I need to fly aerobatics for fun on occasion...and maybe learn to fly a Sport Glider sometimes also. (glider port nearby).
In fact, I don't mind even having an instructor being with me each and every time.
I don't need the "Pilot in Command" label, exactly...just want to be able to go up and fly upside down on occasion...and learn to be "one with the aircraft".
I'll never have enough money or time to persue much else, or ever own my own aircraft. Too late in life/ too much distractions, and other financial limitations.
Just want to get back into some of the most fun I've had in my life.
I can pay YOU GUYS to do the commercial/flightseeing/float flying when I need THAT. I like to run the Camera on THOSE type of flights anyway. Just want to get back into FUN flying of aerobatics (and maybe gliders) myself.
Any advice on doing this in Arizona?