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Pilots transitioning from ultralights to sport pilot certificates can receive credit for required aeronautical knowledge, flight proficiency, and aeronautical experience if they register with an FAA-recognized ultralight registration program (such as EAA) on or before September 1, 2004.

Similarly, ultralight instructors who register with an FAA-recognized training exemption holder (such as EAA) on or before September 1, 2004 have an opportunity to receive a sport pilot instructor (SPI) certificate. Current authorized ultralight instructors operating under a two-place ultralight training exemption will receive credit for the aeronautical knowledge, flight proficiency, and aeronautical experience requirements.

Here is the step-by step process to become a registered ultralight pilot with EAA.

    1. Take instruction from an EAA-, ASC- or USUA-registered ultralight flight instructor.  (www.eaa.org/ultralights/directory/lookup.html)

    2. Complete the minimum requirements; 10 hours total instruction, 25 takeoffs and landings, 3 hours solo.

    3. Be proficient to the EAA ultralight pilot Practical Test Standard. (www.safetydata.com/manual/ptspwpilot.htm)

    4. Take and pass the written, oral, and flight tests from your instructor.

    5. Complete the EAA ultralight pilot application form with instructor endorsement. (www.eaa.org/ultralights/forms/index.html)

    6. Send your application form to EAA (no charge for EAA members). This must be postmarked by September 1, 2004.

    7. EAA will send you an ultralight pilot registration card in 3 to 4 weeks.

For more information, visit www.sportpilot.org, or www.eaa.org/ultralights/.

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