Progress Made On Sport Pilot/LSA
Slowly But Surely
EAA reports that meetings were recently held in Oklahoma City to discuss the specifics of sport pilot training. The meetings -- held October 21-23 -- were attended by several EAA officials and FAA officials responsible for developing all FAA training and testing materials for the Sport Pilot certificate. The EAA staffers presented survey data concerning sport pilots, sport pilot instructors, and sport pilot examiners. Among the burning questions raised: "How will current ultralight instructors, registered ultralight pilots and registered ultralight trainers convert to sport pilot instructors, sport pilots and experimental light-sport aircraft?" A quick answer: The FAA is working with ultralight exemption holders to assist associations in developing one-stop opportunities to complete the transition process. Many other issues are still pending, as the new rule will affect some eight different areas of FAA rulemaking, from pilot certification to the creation of aircraft categories. EAA has made a toll-free number available to their members that will field questions on the proposed sport pilot/light-sport aircraft (SP/LSA) rule. The SP/LSA hotline is 877/FLY-1232 (877/359-1232) -- the number is for EAA members only and available during normal business hours, 8:15 a.m-5:00 p.m. Central time. If you're not an EAA member, the number is still marginally useful. The final four digits (1232) represent the proposed weight limitation for light-sport aircraft. See, you've learned something already!