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FAA Publishes Key Sport Pilot Instruction Petition

August 25, 2011 – The FAA has officially published a petition for rulemaking from EAA, AOPA, NAFI, and GAMA that would allow sport pilot instruction hours to count toward higher certificates and ratings. The petition was originally filed in on January 31 by the four groups. It would change the current regulations that do not allow instruction hours, given by a flight instructor with a sport pilot rating (CFI-S), to count toward additional ratings or certificates.

The petition, addressing FAR Part 61, would create consistency across aircraft training avenues and not force sport pilots to repeat their initial flight training if they chose to advance to recreational, private, or other certificates.

“We are pleased the FAA has published this petition because it will allow EAA members, instructors, other aviators and the public to comment on it and make their collective voices heard,” said Sean Elliott, EAA vice president of industry and regulatory affairs. “This has been a hole in the sport pilot rule that all have agreed needed repairing, and this is the first step toward a remedy.”

EAA, which spent more than a decade leading the effort for the sport pilot rule prior to its enactment in 2004, maintains that consistency across flight training lowers barriers to aviation access and promotes GA growth.

Comments to the petition can be submitted here via the regulations.com website.

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