The ranks of appointed sport pilot examiners continue to grow as the FAA Light-Sport Aviation Branch appointed seven new SPEs who completed the training course on March 26 in Sebring, Florida. Newly appointed examiners/sport pilot flight instructor examiners (SFIEs), all of whom are EAA members, include: Jim Leon, Illinois, powered parachute; Jim MacLeay, Tennessee, powered parachute; Sean Curry, Wisconsin, Airplane; Charles Burgoon, Texas, weight-shift control; Earl Downs, Oklahoma, airplane; Ben Methvin, Georgia, airplane; and John Ballantyne, Maryland, weight-shift control.
Jim Leon, Sean Curry, Earl Downs, Jim MacLeay, and John Ballantyne are also EAA Ultralight instructors or examiners.
SPEs issue sport pilot and sport pilot instructor certificates to people who complete FAA practical tests. For a complete list of SPEs, visit the FAA website.
The requirements for appointment as an SPE include successful completion of the SPE training course, which involves completing sport pilot and sport pilot flight instructor evaluations during the course as well as several hours of study on the new regulations, practical test standards, and the examiner handbook.
Another SPE course gets under way in Sebring, Florida, on Monday, April 4.
New SPEs/SFIEs are also all EAAers. Pictured, from left, are Jim Leon, Jim MacLeay, Sean Curry, Charles Burgoon, Earl Downs, Ben Methvin, and John Ballantyne.