Registered Ultralight Student or Pilot
The FAA has created an incentive for ultralight pilots to participate in industry-established ultralight registration programs, such as the EAA ultralight student and pilot registration program. The FAA-given incentive allows ultralight pilots who have registered as an ultralight student or pilot with EAA to use aeronautical experience (flight hours) obtained in ultralight vehicles (no FAA N-number) to meet the experience requirements to obtain a sport pilot certificate in accordance with FAR 61.52. Simply stated, this means a person could use time flown in an ultralight vehicle to meet the sport pilot certificate hourly experience requirement.
For example, the 20 hours flight experience required for sport pilot-airplane could all be flown in an ultralight vehicle. However, the flight time must be flown after the date registered in the ultralight registration program, and properly logged per FAA requirements for logging flight time. Any flight instruction this ultralight pilot has had from a ultralight flight instructor should also be properly logged and endorsed by the ultralight flight instructor in the same way as an FAA CFI would endorse a student logbook after a flight lesson. This flight instruction received from an ultralight flight instructor can be used to meet the flight proficiency requirements specified in FAR 61.311. To verify candidates were registered ultralight pilots, they need to get a copy of their certified ultralight training records from the organization with whom they are registered.
Registered ultralight pilots should complete the following to get a sport pilot certificate:
- Obtain a copy of your ultralight pilot records letter from the FAA-recognized organization you are registered with. Request Training Records from EAA
- Obtain endorsement from FAA CFI prior to knowledge test. List of CFI’s.
- Successfully pass a FAA sport pilot knowledge test administered by an FAA testing facility List of FAA Testing Centers
- Log 3 hours of flight training with FAA CFI in preparation for practical test no more than 60 days prior to practical test. List of CFI’s.
- Obtain endorsement from FAA CFI prior to practical test. List of CFI’s.
- Successfully pass a FAA sport pilot practical test, which includes an oral and flight test administered by a sport pilot examiner (SPE) List of FAA Examiners
Ultralight Instructor to Sport Pilot Instructor
Ultralight instructors who were registered with an FAA-recognized training exemption holder EAA, ASC or USUA on or before September 1, 2004 have an opportunity to receive a sport pilot instructor (SPI) certificate. You will receive credit for the aeronautical knowledge, flight proficiency, and aeronautical experience requirements. The FAA’s only requirement will be to demonstrate that you have the knowledge and ability to exercise the privileges of a sport pilot instructor. In addition, you must:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Obtain a copy of your ultralight pilot records from the FAA-recognized organization you are registered with Request Training Records from EAA
- Meet minimum flight time requirements, FAR 61.411
- Have a current and valid sport pilot certificate or higher
- Successfully pass a FAA sport pilot instructor knowledge test administered by a FAA testing facility List of FAA Testing Centers
- Successfully pass a FAA sport pilot instructor practical test, which includes oral and flight test administered by a sport pilot flight instructor examiner List of FAA Examiners
Sport Pilot Examiner
Sport pilot examiners (SPE) will have the privilege to administer practical tests for sport pilot applicants. Sport pilot flight instructor examiners (SFIE) will have the privilege to administer practical tests for sport pilot instructor and sport pilot applicants. An SPE or SFIE must:
- Be at least 18 years old
- Have at least a current and valid sport pilot flight instructor certificate
- Meet minimum flight time requirements
- Apply and be accepted to attend the FAA examiner seminar FAA Application
- Successfully complete the FAA examiner seminar
- complete information on the FAA Sport Pilot Examiner program refer to the Sport Pilot Examiner Handbook.
EAA Can Help
Are you an ultralight pilot, instructor or ultralight vehicle owner? EAA has designed programs to help you easily transition from ultralight to sport pilot. Join EAA and help us help you during your transition process. Use the contact information below to get started!
EAA Aviation Services
P.O. Box 3086
Oshkosh, WI 54903-3086
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