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The form that sport pilot examiners and instructors use when issuing sport pilot certificates—8710-11, “Airman Certification and/or Rating Application - Sport Pilot”—is now available for download on the FAA website as a PDF file.

As of the end of February, 104 sport pilot knowledge tests have been taken with a pass rate of 92 percent, and a total of 52 other sport pilot general knowledge tests have been administered to sport pilot examiners and instructors with no failures, reports Martin Weaver, manager of the FAA’s Light-Sport Aviation Branch in Oklahoma City.

“That is a great accomplishment and reflects on the quality of the airman interested in becoming certificated as sport pilots and sport instructors and examiners,” Weaver said.

The examiner availability list has been updated to reflect the additional current designated pilot examiners who have added sport pilot examiner privileges to their qualifications. Check the listing at

Candidates for the next two sport pilot examiner (SPE) courses have been selected. The courses will be held March 21-26 and April 4-9 at Lockwood Aviation Supply’s facilities on Sebring Regional Airport, Sebring, Florida. The candidates for the second class include: John Ballantyne, weight-shift control (WSC); Sean Curry, airplane single-engine land (ASEL); Earl Downs, ASEL; James Leon, powered parachute (PPC); James MacLeay, PPC, Charles Burgoon, WSC; Robert Comperini, ASEL; and George Methvin, ASEL.

The candidates attending the third SPE class are: Mark Burpee, PPC; Joseph Carswell, ASEL: Albert Cooper, ASEL, Paul Hamilton, WSC: Michael Hudetz, WSC: Paul Reinders, ASEL: Charles Snead, PPC; and Danny Tyre, ASEL.

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