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Appointments Conclude Busy Week at Sebring

The FAA’s Light Sport Aviation Branch (LSAB) completed the crucial step of appointing the first sport pilot examiners (SPEs) and sport pilot flight instructor examiners (SFIEs) on Saturday, January 22, in Sebring, Florida, following the first SPE/SFIE course held there last week.

The newly appointed examiners completed sport pilot and sport pilot flight instructor evaluations during the course, plus devoted many hours to studying the new regulations, practical test standards, and the examiner handbook.

“They are a credit to the light sport aviation community,” said Marty Weaver, LSAB manager. “We also received valuable feedback to help make future courses even more effective for preparing future examiners for their responsibilities.”

New SPEs/SFIEs are, from left, Eric Johnson,
John Beaman, Roy Beisswenger, Bob Bleadon,
Bill Bardin, Romke Sikkema, Brian Carpenter
and Larry Littlefield.

Weaver thanked Phil Lockwood and his staff, whose efforts were instrumental in hosting the SPE/SFIE course and in certificating the first five experimental light-sport aircraft (ELSA) during the week. He also thanked Morris Yoder, who became the first sport pilot certificated with a powered parachute rating, for providing use of his Powrachute Pegasus; and Tom Peghiny, for his Flight Design CT2K.

The Light Sport Standardization Board will meet this week, January 25-26, to evaluate the next large group of sport pilot examiner candidates. “We will be putting the next two classes together by mid-February,” Weaver said. Those selected will participate in the second sport pilot examiner course set for the week of March 21, in Sebring. Invitations will be sent to selected candidates by the end of February.

The first sport pilot examiners/flight instructor examiners are:

  • William Bardin, Sacramento, California, ASEL (Airplane single engine-land)
  • John Beaman, Portland, Oregon, WSCL (Weight-shift control-land)
  • Roy Beisswenger, Greenville, Illinois, PPCL (Powered parachute-land)
  • Bob Bleadon, Selma, Oregon, ASEL
  • Brian Carpenter, Corning, California, ASEL
  • Eric Johnson, Chandler, Arizona, WSCL
  • Larry Littlefield, Boyton Beach, Florida, PPCL
  • Romke Sikkema, Sebring, Florida, ASEL

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