Sport Pilot Rule Gets On The Step

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On Friday, the federal Office of Management and Budget signed off on the Sport Pilot/Light Sport Aircraft proposed rule, sending it off to the FAA for its final prep before publication in the Federal Register, expected later this week. The OMB approval was the final hurdle for the rule, more than 10 years in the making. "We are extremely pleased," said Tom Poberezny, EAA president. "It has long been a goal of the aviation community and provides the first rulemaking package specifically written for recreational flying." Officials from EAA , the FAA and other groups will host briefings and distribute information about the rule during AirVenture Oshkosh, starting next week. A large sport pilot pavilion will be located at the center of the AirVenture grounds. The National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) welcomed the news about the rule's progress on Friday. "We could not be more excited about this development," said Rusty Sachs, executive director of NAFI. "It will bring many more people into aviation and provide more teaching opportunities for the nation's flight instructors."