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No unread posts The new Sport Pilot rule makes flying affordable!

On September 1, 2004 the FAA inaugurated a new pilot certificate dubbed the "sport pilot" that makes learning to fly easier and more affordable that ever. Intended primarily for recreational use, you can now become a pilot with as little as 20 hours of flight instruction! In addition, the FAA also created a new category of affordable "light-sport aircraft"!

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Tue Nov 29, 2016 11:35 am

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No unread posts Introduce Yourself!

Pilot? Student pilot? Future pilot? Interested in learning to fly? If you're reading this forum, you've got flying in your blood! SportPilotTalk is a great place to ask questions about this exciting new segment of (more) affordable aviation!

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Tue Nov 29, 2016 9:16 am

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No unread posts How to add pictures to your post

Spice up your post with photographs

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Mon Sep 03, 2012 4:39 pm

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No unread posts Hangar Talk

Constructive topics of interest related to aviation that do not match the other section descriptions below (as long as it is somewhat related to aviation, flying, learning to fly, sport pilot, light sport aircraft, etc.). Please, advertisements for Viagra will be promptly deleted!"

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Sat Dec 03, 2016 6:04 pm

eyeflygps View the latest post

No unread posts Light Sport Aircraft

Talk about airplanes! At last count, there are 39 (and growing) FAA certificated S-LSA (special light sport aircraft). These are factory-built ready to fly airplanes. If you can't afford a factory-built LSA, consider buying an E-LSA kit (experimental LSA - up to 99% complete).

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Tue Nov 29, 2016 9:27 am

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No unread posts Training

Sport aviation is growing rapidly. But the new sport pilot / light-sport aircraft rules are still a mystery to many flight schools and instructors. To locate a flight school offering sport pilot training and/or light-sport aircraft rentals, click on the "Flight School And Rental Finder" tab above. This is a great place to share ideas on learning to fly, flight schools, costs and anything else related to training.

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Sun Nov 27, 2016 3:54 am

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No unread posts Aviation Humor & Mayhem

Topics related to aviation provided mostly for humor and amusement purposes. Offensive or abusive posts will be deleted.

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Mon Jul 25, 2016 10:19 am

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No unread posts Instructors' Corner

Finally, a place for sport pilot instructors and/or wannabees to talk about instructing.

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Tue Aug 23, 2016 8:05 pm

3Dreaming View the latest post

No unread posts Experimenter's Corner

Are you building/buying/flying an Experimental Amateur-Built (E-AB) or Experimental Light Sport (E-LSA) aircraft? Converting an S-LSA to E-LSA? Changing or adding equipment, or otherwise modifying an S-LSA? Need help with Letters of Authorization? Or maybe designing your own aircraft? This forum is the place to discuss All Things Experimental.

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Sun Nov 27, 2016 7:39 pm

3Dreaming View the latest post

No unread posts Safety Corner

This forum is for safety-related discussions. Be safe out there!

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Mon Sep 19, 2016 8:21 pm

HAPPYDAN View the latest post

No unread posts Medical Issues

Here's the place to ask all of your medical questions. But don't believe everything you read!

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Wed Nov 30, 2016 3:47 pm

pjdavis View the latest post

No unread posts Ask The Examiner

Paul Hamilton is one of the first persons to become a DPE (Designated Pilot Examiner) for sport pilots. As a full-time author and sport pilot expert, he writes books and produces DVD's for Aviation Supplies and Academics (ASA). Now Paul has graciously agreed to answer your questions here. Thanks Paul! For more information about Paul, please visit and

Moderators: drseti, Paul Hamilton



Mon Jan 26, 2015 12:08 pm

FastEddieB View the latest post

No unread posts Ask The Mechanic

H. Paul Shuch is a Light Sport Repairman with Maintenance ratings for airplanes, gliders, weight shift control, and powered parachutes, as well as an independent Rotax Maintenance Technician at the Heavy Maintenance level. He holds a PhD in Air Transportation Engineering from the University of California, and serves as Director of Maintenance for AvSport of Lock Haven.

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Wed Nov 09, 2016 5:03 pm

eyeflygps View the latest post

No unread posts Ask The Insurance Agent

Bob Mackey, Vice President of Falcon Insurance Agency (the official insurance agency for the EAA's Aircraft Insurance Plan), has graciously agreed to moderate this forum and answer your aircraft insurance questions. Thanks Bob!

Moderators: drseti, Bob Mackey



Sun Jul 03, 2016 10:25 pm

eyeflygps View the latest post

No unread posts Ask the Controller

Jason spent 24 years as an air traffic controller at Los Angeles Center, and recently moved east to work in DC in the Airspace office as an air traffic subject matter expert. He is a Sport Pilot, owns a Rans S12XL E-LSA, and got his >87 knot endorsement so he can rent a C162. He's here to answer your questions about ATC procedures and rules, in a strictly unofficial capacity.

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Fri Oct 28, 2016 9:06 am

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No unread posts Fly-Ins & $100 Hamburgers

Fly-Ins are excuses for pilots to go somewhere and eat. Airplanes. Food. What else could you ask for? Know of an upcoming fly-in? A great $100 hamburger? Don't keep it a secret. Share it here!

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Fri Oct 21, 2016 5:38 pm

ct4me View the latest post

No unread posts Partnerships

Looking for a partner? No, we're not talking about dating. Partnerships are another way to bring down the cost of flying. Use this forum to find like-minded folks in your neighborhood.

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Thu Oct 27, 2016 3:35 pm

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No unread posts Flying Clubs

There's hundreds of flying clubs around the country that own and manage aircraft for their members. Aside from the camaraderie, clubs make flying more affordable.

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Tue Sep 06, 2016 9:50 pm

eyeflygps View the latest post

No unread posts FARs

The Federal Aviation Regulations (also know as FAR's). This is the Bible of aviation, the rules under which we operate. This is where you'll find everything you want to know about pilots and airplanes in the United States. Ask questions. Get answers.

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Tue Aug 18, 2015 12:48 pm

drseti View the latest post

No unread posts Eye Candy

Here's the place for you to post videos and photos of your favorite airplane or most interesting flight. Commercial posts should go instead into the Want Ads forum.

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Mon Nov 14, 2016 9:45 pm

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Approach and Landing

No unread posts Community Center

Sport Pilot Talk is a close-knit community of mutually supportive pilots, who often help each other out with various resources and hospitality. Are you going somewhere and want to meet up with other Sport Pilot Talk members? Do you have hangar space, fuel, tools, or a guest room to share? Or, are you hoping a fellow member can offer you similar support or assistance? Here is the place to post your offers or requests (on a strictly non-commercial basis).

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Sun Oct 30, 2016 5:41 am

Denis.gan View the latest post

No unread posts The Want Ads

Got something to buy or sell? Post it here!

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Sat Dec 03, 2016 4:40 pm

eyeflygps View the latest post

No unread posts Upcoming Events

Post your upcoming fly-ins, pancake breakfasts and other events here!

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Mon Sep 26, 2016 1:01 pm

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No unread posts EAA Oshkosh AirVenture

Every summer, the EAA puts on the greatest flying show on earth. Mark your calendars!

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Sat Jul 26, 2014 10:45 pm

drseti View the latest post

No unread posts Plan on attending the Annual Sport Pilot Expo

If you're interested in all things Sport Pilot/Light Sport Aircraft, this is the place to be every January! Mark your calendars.

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Fri Feb 05, 2016 9:19 am

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No unread posts Sun N' Fun

Sun n' Fun Every Spring Lakeland Florida : Come attend this huge fly-in and tradeshow/convention.

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Sat Apr 09, 2016 11:23 am

Cluemeister View the latest post

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