The FAA this morning officially announced the new Sport Pilot and Light Sport Aircraft rule. The rule, which will take effect September 1, will allow some pilots to use a current and valid driver's license in lieu of a third-class medical to fly low-powered, lightweight aircraft like a J-2 Cub. It will also create a new level of pilot certificate requiring a minimum of 20 hours of flight training and a new class of aircraft. The FAA estimates that 15,000 new pilots will be certified under the rule in the coming years. "With all things governmental, the devil is in the details," said AOPA President Phil Boyer. "AOPA's experts are reviewing the rule line by line so that we can give you definitive answers about what you can and cannot do."
July 20, 2004