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10/07/04 – FAA WORKS TO FINALIZE STUDENT SPORT PILOT APPLICATIONS
FAA has amended its earlier statement that sport pilot applications will not be accepted until January 15, 2005. Today, FAA Light-Sport Aircraft Branch Manager, Martin Weaver, confirmed that while the new FAA Form 8710-11, Airman Certificate and/or Rating Application—Sport Pilot, which individuals seeking a sport pilot certificate will use won’t be available until January 1, 2005, it will be possible to begin applying sooner. To do so, sport pilot applicants will use the current FAA Airman Application, Form 8710-1. However, Weaver added that the FAA policies and procedures required for designated pilot examiners and inspectors to issue student pilot certificates won’t be available until November 15, 2004, so no action will be taken on any applications until those policies and procedures are available.
He explained, “We do not currently have a policy explaining to flight instructors what endorsements are required to solo a sport pilot student, nor do we have the infrastructure in place as far as the practical test standards in order to support the regulatory requirements. Additionally, FAA field offices have not been given the required guidance on how to handle issuing student pilot certificates.”
Form 8710-1 is available for download on the FAA website.