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11/11/04 - NOW YOU CAN!

Since September 1, 2004, FAA has implemented a number of steps toward making the sport pilot/light-sport aircraft (SP/LSA) regulations usable. We’ve compiled a list of what processes and procedures have been completed…in other words, what you can do now. In addition, we’ve listed the projected dates for other milestone activities as the SP/LSA implementation process rolls along.

Effective September 1, 2004…

  • Any FAA certificated pilot (recreational, private pilot, or higher) may exercise the privileges and limitations of a sport pilot certificate, provided he or she has a current flight review. These individuals may use their valid U.S. driver’s license as evidence of medical eligibility, provided their last airman’s medical was not denied, revoked or suspended, and they fly any aircraft that meets the definition of a light-sport aircraft.

Effective October 15, 2004 …

  • Ultralight owners planning to transition their machines to experimental light-sport aircraft (E-LSA) status may submit a request to FAA for an N-number. However, EAA cautions ultralight owners to coordinate getting their N-number with obtaining their sport pilot certificate and getting their airworthiness certificate for their aircraft, which requires a one-time inspection by a designated airworthiness representative (DAR). Airworthiness certificates for E-LSAs will not be available until January 15, 2005.

    To request an N-number, owners must complete FAA AC Form 8050-1, Aircraft Registration Application, available from a local Flight Standards District Office (FSDO), and AC Form 8050-88A, Affidavit of Ownership for Experimental or Special Light-Sport Aircraft, available at
    http://registry.faa.gov/docs/8050-88A.PDF. Further details for submitting these documents are self-contained.

Effective October 19, 2004 …

  • Individuals wishing to become sport pilot examiners (SPEs) or sport pilot flight instructor examiners (SFIEs) may submit an application (available at http://forms.faa.gov/forms/faa8710-12.pdf) to the Light-Sport Aviation Branch office in Oklahoma City. Applicants are reminded to complete the form in its entirety and return it no later than November 23, 2004, to be considered for selection when the first Light-Sport Standardization Selection Board (LSSB) meets on November 29, 2004. Applications received after November 23 will be considered during subsequent LSSB meetings.

    Current ultralight flight instructors and examiners may include a letter of recommendation from their sponsoring organization. If you are an EAA ultralight instructor, visit the
    EAA Ultralights website and complete an on-line request, or request a letter via e-mail, ultralights@eaa.org, or call 920/426-6831. Once a request is received, EAA will mail you a letter of recommendation.

    The first SPE and SFIE training seminars are scheduled for mid-January 2005, with additional seminars to be conducted on a continuing basis thereafter.

Effective November 5, 2004

Effective November 15, 2004 …

  • Individuals wishing to become a sport pilot may apply for student pilot certificate. To do so, an applicant must complete form 8710-1, which is available at http://forms.faa.gov/forms/faa8710-1a.pdf. Once completed, submit the application to a local Flight Standards District Office (FSDO) inspector or to a designated pilot examiner (DPE). After the FAA authorizes sport pilot examiners (SPEs), student sport pilot may submit applications to SPEs as well. Individuals with questions about the student sport pilot application may direct their inquiries to the FAA Light-Sport Aviation Branch via e-mail: afs610comments@faa.gov.

Expected mid-January, 2005 …

  • The student pilot application form for a sport pilot certificate, AC Form 8710-11, Airman Certificate and/or Rating Application-Sport Pilot, is expected to be released.
  • The FAA Airman’s Registration Office in Oklahoma City is expected to begin issuing sport pilot certificates and sport pilot flight instructor certificates.

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