FAA Posts Sport Pilot Test Questions, Examiner Guide

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You have to wait until Dec. 1 to take an actual FAA Sport Pilot "knowledge test" (what used to be known as the "written" in the pre-computer age), but you can start studying now, because the FAA has posted its test-question bank online. Questions are posted for sport pilots and for sport-pilot flight instructors/examiners. The FAA has also added questions to the private-pilot test for weight-shift-control aircraft and powered parachutes. On Tuesday, the FAA also released its Sport Pilot Examiner's Handbook, a 78-page PDF document. It delineates privileges and procedures, responsibilities, and limitations of examiner designations and authorizations. Applicants who want to become designated sport pilot examiners or sport pilot flight instructor examiners must submit an application to the Light-Sport Aviation Branch office in Oklahoma City by Nov. 23 if they want to be considered for selection at the first Light-Sport Standardization Selection Board meeting, on Nov. 29, EAA said on Tuesday. Later applicants will be considered at subsequent board meetings.

The practical-test standards aren't out yet but are expected to be ready by Dec. 1, according to EAA. Time to bone up on density altitude, wake turbulence, bad decision-making, and lots more, if you want a passing grade on that knowledge test.