SPORT PILOT RULES
LIGHT SPORT AIRCRAFT (LSA)
Ø The maximum gross weight is 1,320 pounds.
Ø The stall speed not greater than 45 knots (51.8 MPH),
Ø Max speed in a cruise configuration (138 MPH).
Ø LSA can have a fixed or ground adjustable propeller.
Ø A LSA can have only one engine
Ø SLSA - New aircraft can be manufactured and sold ready-to-fly under the new Special Light-Sport Aircraft (SLSA) and may be used for sport and recreation, and for compensation flight training, and aircraft rental.
Ø Kit Built ELSA - Newly manufactured aircraft can be FAA certificated as an Experimental Light-Sport Aircraft (ELSA) if kit- or plans-built. Aircraft under this certification may be used only for sport and recreation and flight instruction for the owner of the aircraft.
Ø You will need an FAA registration-"N" number.
Here is a sample of a powered parachute marking http://www.sportpilot.info/sp/Marking3.htm
Ø A sport pilot must be at least 17 years old and 16 to solo.
Ø Powered parachute:12 hours total (10 dual, 2 solo with a 10 mile solo cross country).
Ø Additional instruction and an instructor's logbook endorsement for each new "set" (square and elliptical).
Ø Powered parachutes "land" and "sea" classes.
Ø Pilots will be allowed to take a practical test (flight test) in a single seat LSA. The examiner will observe the pilot from the ground. The pilot will have a "single-seat" limitation on his certificate.
Ø Sport pilot must take a biennial flight review (BFR).
Ø Drivers License or third class medical,
Ø A sport pilot may not fly above 10,000 feet MSL.
Ø No night flying.
Ø A sport pilot may fly in airspace where radio communication with ATC is required, but only with additional training and a logbook endorsement.
Ø "Preventative maintenance" is allowed by owner on SLSA.
Ø “Owner maintenance” is allowed on ELSA.
Ø 16-hour maintenance course allows owner to do annual inspections on their ELSA.
Ø If you want to do maintenance-for-hire on the special light-sport aircraft, you must attend a maintenance A 104 hour course.
Ø Maintenance on SLSA must be performed in accordance with the general aviation standards of FAR Part 43.
Ø A transponder is required to fly within Class B and Class C airspace, and the Class B "Mode C veil."
You will need a Sport Pilot Certificate to take a passenger in a
two seat PPC.
Note: Single seat FAA 103 Ultralight PPCs do not need a
Sport Pilot Certificate.
To qualify for Sport Pilot:
Get trained in a Light Sport Powered Parachute for the Sport Pilot
Certificate with a Sport Pilot Certified Flight Instructor.
The instructor can endorse you to take the written test and the
checkride when you have completed the required training.
The Sport Pilot Knowledge Test (written test)
The Written Test is taken at a FAA approved computer test facility. Once you qualify for the test, you will need to review and practice for the test. There are several good study and support guides. They include books to study (see below) and software to simulate the tests and allow extensive practice.
Schedule and take the written test at a FAA computer test facility.http://sportpilot.org/resources/testing_center.html These results are required to take the practical test and are good for two years.
The Sport Pilot Practical Test (checkride)
The practical test can be taken with a FAA examiner if it can be coordinated, however, usually the checkride will be with a Designated Pilot Examiner who is a designee doing the job for FAA.
Light Sport Designated Pilot Examiners
listed at: http://www.faa.gov/licenses_certificates/airmen_certification/sport_pilot/media/parachute_examiner.pdf Seek out a DPE and coordinate the examination. Some DPEs do not have aircraft available so be careful to make sure an appropriate aircraft is available for the checkride. We do have a DPE and LSA PPC here at Future Flight LLC.
If you "N" number your aircraft, make sure that it is properly documented and can carry the total weight required to complete the check ride.
SPORT PILOT TRAINING MATERIAL
POWERED PARACHUTE FLYING HANDBOOK
THIS IS THE FAA BOOK OF KNOWLEDGE FOR THE PPC. MUST READ TO BE A SPORT PILOT PPC
PRINTED COPY $35.00
SPORT PILOT TRAINING SYLLABUS
Comprehensive training syllabus for Sport Pilot applicants who fly powered parachute light sport aircraft.
SPORT PILOT WRITTEN TEST PREP DVD
Study and Prepare for your Sport Pilot FAA Knowledge (written) test.
Includes all questions in the Sport Pilot FAA Knowledge Test, answers and explanations, arranged by subject matter.
FEDERAL AVIATION REGULATIONS /
AIRMANS INFORMATION MANUAL
The most pertinent FAA regulations for pilots,
combined with the AIM.
PRACTICAL TEST STANDARDS SPORT PILOT
Fundamental to a successful checkride,
FAA PTS guides detail the skills and knowledge that must be demonstrated.
Durable fiberboard E6-B manual flight planning computer. Includes case and instruction booklet.
Made of Lexan®. Features 8 scales to meet the needs of all VFR aeronautical charts — nautical on one side, statute on the flip. Lifetime warranty.
Standard Pilot Log - Book
This logbook is designed specifically for all Sport Pilots.
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