It was FAA Headquarters, 10:03 am EDT, in the Administrator's
Conference Room as FAA Administrator Marion Blakey (pictured
right whilst playing in a PPC... and having a good time of it),
officially announced the release of a new rule commonly known as
Sport Pilot. Sometimes called the "Loch Ness Monster" of rules,
because it appeared and disappeared so many times, it is now
written in FAA concrete.
USUA EVP Dale Hooper Weighs In On The LSA/SportPilot
Sport Pilot has been a long time coming, and the look of calm
relief on the face of FAA National Program Manager of Sport and
Recreational Aviation, Sue Gardner, this morning, was refreshing.
Now, after so many months of being required to keep silent about
the finished rule, she, and others, are finally able to relax. But
that relaxed attitude can't last for very long. They are now able
to discuss the rule (for months they were legally bound to
secrecy), and provide assistance in its implementation.
FAA Administrator Marion Blakey has officially unveiled the
long-awaited Sport Pilot and Light Sport Aircraft rule that will
allow many pilots to fly with a valid driver's license in lieu of a
medical certificate and create new, less-expensive ways to become a
GAMA is cheering the FAA’s release of the Sport Pilot and
Light-Sport Aircraft rule. The long awaited rule provides safe
standards for an evolving category of general aviation aircraft and
operations without being overly burdensome.
Will Continue Working On Drivers License Medical Issue
EAA chief Tom Poberezny is happy with the Sport Pilot rules
announced on Tuesday.
"More people will fly," he said in an exclusive interview with
Aero-News Net. "This provides an economic opportunity to get people
involved in aviation."
1. What if I meet the requirements set forth in
the rule that allow me to medically qualify using my current and
valid US driver's license? When may I use my current and
valid US driver's license as medical qualification?
Answer: Provided you meet the
requirements and you are qualified to exercise sport pilot
privileges using a current and valid US driver's license, you may
do so on September 1, 2004, the effective date of the rule.
Pilots And The Public Will Have Access To WSI's Weather
WSI Corporation will host a number of weather briefing outlets
for travelers to EAA AirVenture 2004 in Oshkosh (WI). Enthusiasts
and pilots will be able to access WSI's information at over twelve
locations on and around Wittman Regional Airport including the
EAA's Flight Operations, Membership Tent, and the FAA's Oshkosh
Temporary Flight Service Station (FSS), as well as in the daily
AirVenture Today newspaper and through a special WSI hosted
The FAA today issued new requirements for light-sport aircraft,
pilots and repairman.
Light-sport aircraft are small, simple, low-performance,
low-energy aircraft limited to:
1,320 lb.(600 kg), (1,430 lb. seaplanes) maximum takeoff
1 or 2 occupants
single engine (non-turbine)
maximum stall speed (without lift enhancing devices) of 45
maximum airspeed in level flight of 120 knots
fixed landing gear
fixed pitch propeller.
ANN has just concluded the first interview with Aerocomp test
Pilot Ron Lueck, who piloted the CA-Jet (shown below, minutes after
its maiden flight) to its first flight on the 35th Anniversary of
the First Lunar Landing, Tuesday, July 20th, 2004.
ANN Continues To Be FIRST With Sport Pilot/LSA Details...
ANN has been monitoring the press conference just concluded by
the FAA that announced the new Sport Pilot/LSA rules. Due to take
effect on September 1st, 2004, we found the FAA's remarks
interesting and noted few surprises.