Re: Sport Pilot Training
- "Dan Grunloh" wrote:
>> I don't have a certificated aircraft. I plan to get my Sport**************************************
> pilot in Weight Shift and worry about getting a plane later.
> Fortunately I have quite few options and don't expect any
> problems with the pilot part. It must be much harder for
> fixed wingers trying to transition.
Your... "quite a few options"... include about 4 places in the
entire USA where you can take a Practical test for SP WSCL.
If your wish to progress to Private Pilot WSCL, you have ONE current
option....Lary Clymer.... he is the only person in the USA that is
But, then again, I can think of nothing MORE USELESS, than a Private
Pilot certificate with a weight shift rating.
As a Private Pilot, ASEL, and Glider, I can fly 98% of all currently
registerd trikes with no further showing or endorsements.
AND, if I wish, register any future trike as either a glider or an
airplane. Never having to become "weight-shift rated" and limited to
the oprerational limits associated with a Light Sport
"Dan Grunloh" wrote:
Eventually I think I will build a experimental trike
> but if something nice already N-numbered shows up on************************************
> the market used, I might change my mind.
"Experimental" has no category for Weight-shift.
Only a light sport registered aircraft has a weightshift category.
see an FAA application for airworthiness
It may be Special light sport, "grandfathered" lightsport, or a kit
from a consensus standard Special, called Experimental Light Sport)
But no Experimental Weightshift.
You CAN certainly buy an already existing Experimental Amatuer-Built
or Exhibition Trike, but you will need an ASEL or Glider Certificate
to fly it leagally
I do know of ONE Experimental Amatuer built former Glider that has
recently CHANGED registration to Weight-Shift,.....but the DAR is in
question for doing so by putting (Weight-Shift), in parenthaces upon
the A/W certificate...without guidance from FAA or 8130-2.
Good luck finding a DAR with the appropriate designation 47 or 48 for
lightsport AND the associated ability to examine "weight-shift"
There is a total of ONE here in Southern California.........with a
population of over 20 million people.
But, DARs for EXPERIMENTAL are relativley easy to find.
- SportStar Flight Center program expands
Evektor America's SportStar Flight Center program is rapidly
expanding nationally with the addition of six more recently
appointed flight schools.
Scott Andrews, Evektor America's Director of Marketing stated that
there are now twelve SportStar Flight Centers approved in the United
States with many more in process:
- St. Charles Flying Service of St. Louis, Missouri
- JK Aviation of Ramona, California
- Wright Aero of Minneapolis, Minnesota
- Aero Tech of Lexington, Kentucky
- Henley Aviation of Kinston, North Carolina
- The Plane Collection of Miami, Florida.
- AB Flight of Kutztown, Pennsylvania
- Fast Track Flight of Columbus, Indiana
- Northwest Sport Planes of San Juan Island, Washington
- California Sport Aviation of Sacramento, California
- Acme Aviation of Salinas, California
- Aviator of Grand Prairie, Texas
- Community Aerosports of Farmington, New Mexico
"Since St. Charles Flying Service first recognized the virtues and
value of the Evektor SportStar in training new Sport Pilots early
last year and ordered their first SportStar, their pioneering
success with the aircraft has been well publicized."
With two SportStars now in service, Dennis Bampton, owner of St.
Charles commented, " We selected the SportStar after considerable
research of all available LSA's. It has proven to be the right
choice. Our students love the aircraft and we can hardly keep them
on the ground."
"The SportStar was the first FAA approved S-LSA in the United
States. Its proven all-metal design (over 600 in service worldwide),
extensive testing/documentation backed by Evektor's well-known
manufacturing quality, and predictable flight characteristics has
become the gold standard" according to Jeff Conrad, President of
Evektor America. "We expect our network of Flight Centers providing
quality Sport Pilot instruction in SportStars to continue to expand
rapidly to likely forty by the end of 2007."
For more information contact Evektor America at the U.S. Sport
Aviation Expo where the SportStar will be on display and available
Evektor America www.evektoramerica.com
Kerrville, Texas 78028