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08/11/04 - SEPTEMBER 1 DEADLINE LOOMS FOR TRANSITIONING ULTRALIGHT PILOTS

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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