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The growing number of aviation enthusiasts interested in becoming sport pilots has created a commensurate need for more sport pilot instructors. EAA and affiliate organization the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) developed the CFI’s Guide to Sport Pilot and Light-Sport Aircraft for existing certificated flight instructors looking to offer sport pilot instruction.

Current CFIs don’t need any new certification to train sport pilots. They may train sport pilots within the category and class limitations of their certificate. The CFI’s Guide provides overviews of the Sport Pilot Certificate and the various LSA categories, along with requirements for augmented privileges, endorsements, and more.

“Our goal with the Guide is to make it as easy as possible for existing CFIs to offer sport pilot instruction,” said Charlie Becker, EAA director of aviation services. “This puts it all in one place to take some of the perceived mystery out of what’s required for sport pilot instruction.”

Larry Bothe, Master CFI and an FAA designated pilot examiner from Seymour, Indiana, attended AirVenture Oshkosh this year looking for answers to a list of sport pilot certification questions. “My intent was to ask the experts who would be available at the show,” he said, but upon entering the sport pilot area at the EAA Member Village, he got a copy of the CFI’s Guide to Sport Pilot and Light-Sport Aircraft.

“After I got that I didn’t need to talk to anybody,” he said. “All the answers and interpretations I needed were right there in the Guide in plain English. Every CFI and DPE ought to have a copy.”

Visit the sport pilot website to download your copy of the CFI’s Guide to Sport Pilot and Light-Sport Aircraft.

If you’re a CFI and you offer sport pilot instruction, visit the EAA sport pilot website (https://secure.eaa.org/sportpilot/instructor.html) and sign up on the instructors directory.

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