The FAA has pushed back the date that it will start accepting sport pilot student applications. Originally slated for November 15, the new date will now be January 15, 2005, to give the FAA's Oklahoma offices time to gear up to process the new forms.
The actual student pilot application paperwork, FAA Form 8710-11, will be ready January 1. That form will be submitted to the local flight standards district office (FSDO) or to a designated pilot examiner.
The new form is needed because sport pilots aren't required to carry a medical certificate. For recreational or private pilot students, the medical certificate also serves as a student pilot certificate.
The practical test standards (PTS) for sport pilots are now expected to be available by early November, and the aeronautical knowledge test by November 15.
Whenever a sport pilot publication or form becomes available, AOPA will post it in the special sport pilot section of AOPA Online.
September 30, 2004