...As Ultralight Community Prepares For Change

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One route to building the Sport Pilot numbers is to convert pilots who now fly ultralights. EAA said Tuesday it has developed an inexpensive new kit to help with that transition. The all-inclusive kit sells for under $20 and helps guide an owner through converting an ultralight aircraft to the experimental light-sport aircraft (E-LSA) category. The kit includes a 15-page guidebook, all the FAA forms, required standard instrument/control labels and placards, a fireproof dataplate and an "experimental" category sticker. "EAA makes the transition process from ultralight to experimental light-sport aircraft simple with this kit," said Charlie Becker, EAA aviation services director. It costs $12.99 for EAA members and $19.99 for non-EAA members, plus shipping. To order, call 800-564-6322. Pilots won't get off that cheap, though ... there are still flight-training and examiner fees to pay and inspections to be completed. To get all of that done is proving a challenge. Aero Sports Connection is modifying its "SP/LSA Blitz" project to work within the limits of the current infrastructure, such as a lack of designated airworthiness representatives.