AOPA has posted a bank of knowledge test questions for the sport pilot certificate. These include some (but not all) of the questions that could be asked on the sport pilot knowledge test. Questions can be viewed on AOPA Online in the Airmen Knowledge Test section, which also includes representative questions from all of the FAA's knowledge tests. The question bank is intended to help students prepare for the knowledge test and to help the aviation industry develop study materials.
Sample questions for the sport pilot flight instructor, sport pilot designated examiner, and private pilot - powered parachute or weight-shift aircraft knowledge tests also have been added to the question bank. (Yes, you can get a private certificate in a powered parachute/weight shift aircraft. Assuming the aircraft were properly equipped, you would be able to fly at night or in terminal airspace.)
Actual testing for the sport pilot certificate will begin December 1 at FAA-authorized centers. AOPA members can receive a $10 discount on any FAA knowledge test at CATS test centers.
The FAA is in the process of finalizing the sport pilot practical test standards and expects to have the PTS available early next month.
For more information, see AOPA Online's Sport Pilot page.
November 15, 2004