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06/22/06 - SPORT PILOT KNOWLEDGE TEST NOW CLASS-SPECIFIC

Effective June 23, 2006, the FAA has modified the sport pilot knowledge (written) test. Previously, the knowledge test covered all classes of light-sport aircraft (LSA). Now, each LSA class—airplane, powered parachute, weight-shift, glider, lighter-than-air, and gyroplanes—has a test tailored specifically to that class.

“Individuals flying powered parachute and weight-shift-control aircraft will like this,” said Larry Clymer, manager of the FAA’s Light-Sport Aviation Branch in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. “Now, they won’t have to answer airplane-type questions that don’t apply to their aircraft. For example, powered parachute pilots won’t get questions about weight and balance because that doesn’t apply to them. And airplane pilots won’t have to answer questions about powered parachute canopies.”

All FAA-approved testing centers, including EAA partner LaserGrade, are prepared to offer the new class-specific knowledge tests. For a link to the FAA website to view sample knowledge test questions, or locate a testing center near you, visit the EAA sport pilot website.


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