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The FAA published the new Sport Pilot Practical Test Standards, which establish the standards for the knowledge and skills necessary to pass a “checkride” to obtain a sport pilot certificate. These standards, which bear a December 1, 2004, effective date, are available for viewing or downloading at http://afs600.faa.gov/ under the Airman Testing Standards (AFS-630) section (click on the Practical Test Standards link). Divided into several categories, the standards are titled:

  • Sport Pilot Practical Test Standards for Airplane, Gyroplane, Glider, and Flight Instructor (FAA-S-8081-29);
  • Sport Pilot Practical Test Standards for Airship, Balloon, and Flight Instructor (FAA-S-8081-30);
  • Sport Pilot Practical Test Standards for Weight Shift Control, Powered Parachute, and Flight Instructor (FAA-S-8081-31).

Martin Weaver, FAA Light-Sport Aircraft Branch Manager in Oklahoma City states, “These are living documents that will be modified, corrected, and updated as the program evolves.” He asks that all comments regarding the standards be forwarded to afs630comments@faa.gov.

EAA and King Schools are working together on sport pilot test preparation materials for both the knowledge and practical tests. EAA members will receive a discount on the materials. For more information, visit www.kingschools.com/SportPilot.asp or call 800/854-1001.

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