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Re: Sport Pilot Schools that Require a Medical - Help Stop T

Posted: Sun Aug 03, 2014 1:17 pm
by drseti
As long as I have been flying (and that's more than half a century), glider pilots have been allowed to fly with neither an FAA medical nor a valid driver's license - and we've all seen how badly that's turned out. :wink:

Re: Sport Pilot Schools that Require a Medical - Help Stop T

Posted: Sun Aug 03, 2014 1:22 pm
by Nomore767
CTLSi wrote:Here is the Sport Pilot medical requirements for those unfamiliar with them:

http://www.faa.gov/licenses_certificate ... idance.pdf

Seeking a sport pilot certificate you must comply with the medical eligibility requirements established in § 61.3

A person must hold and possess either a valid medical certificate issued under part 67 or a current and valid U.S. driver's license when exercising the privileges of a student pilot certificate while seeking sport pilot privileges in a light-sport aircraft other than a glider or balloon.

FAR 61.3 Sport Pilot Medical http://flightphysical.com/pilot/sport/index.htm

The FAA FAQ on the subject: https://www.faa.gov/licenses_certificat ... ortpilots/

A Sport Pilot does not need a medical certificate or a medical exam to fly as a Sport Pilot. A valid Drivers License is all that's needed, however, the FAA says that if you have a medical condition that you KNOW would make you ineligible to fly and would cause you to fail an AME medical exam, you should not fly.


Well, duuuh…that's what we've been trying to tell you!

Re: Sport Pilot Schools that Require a Medical - Help Stop T

Posted: Sun Aug 03, 2014 2:15 pm
by FastEddieB
Nomore767 wrote:
Well, duuuh…that's what we've been trying to tell you!


He's good at stating the obvious!

Re: Sport Pilot Schools that Require a Medical - Help Stop T

Posted: Sun Aug 03, 2014 2:24 pm
by CTLSi
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Re: Sport Pilot Schools that Require a Medical - Help Stop T

Posted: Sun Aug 03, 2014 2:35 pm
by MovingOn
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Re: Sport Pilot Schools that Require a Medical - Help Stop T

Posted: Sun Aug 03, 2014 2:47 pm
by drseti
CTLSi wrote:It would be pretty tough for a glider to crash into a shopping mall and kill dozens of people with fuel and plane parts.


Killing dozens? It would be equally tough for a GA airplane to do that (which is why I can't recall a single such incident). It's easy to paint a pretty bleak scenario, but if the data doesn't bear it out, we must consider it an incredibly unlikely event.

Re: Sport Pilot Schools that Require a Medical - Help Stop T

Posted: Sun Aug 03, 2014 3:30 pm
by MovingOn
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Re: Sport Pilot Schools that Require a Medical - Help Stop T

Posted: Sun Aug 03, 2014 3:51 pm
by FastEddieB
MovingOn wrote:Just like death panels.


You say that like you think they're a bad thing! :twisted:

Re: Sport Pilot Schools that Require a Medical - Help Stop T

Posted: Sun Aug 03, 2014 4:04 pm
by MovingOn
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Re: Sport Pilot Schools that Require a Medical - Help Stop T

Posted: Sun Aug 03, 2014 4:38 pm
by FastEddieB
MovingOn wrote:
FastEddieB wrote:
MovingOn wrote:Just like death panels.


You say that like you think they're a bad thing! :twisted:
There's times when I think they might be a good idea.


I always suspected you had a thing for Sarah Palin!

Re: Sport Pilot Schools that Require a Medical - Help Stop T

Posted: Fri May 06, 2016 11:52 am
by Hambone
OK... having read through this thread, and searched online, I can't find a definitive answer.

Do I need a medical to set myself up as a self-employed Sport Pilot CFI?

Re: Sport Pilot Schools that Require a Medical - Help Stop T

Posted: Fri May 06, 2016 2:25 pm
by 3Dreaming
Hambone wrote:OK... having read through this thread, and searched online, I can't find a definitive answer.

Do I need a medical to set myself up as a self-employed Sport Pilot CFI?


NO! There is no medical needed to be a sport CFI.

Re: Sport Pilot Schools that Require a Medical - Help Stop T

Posted: Fri May 06, 2016 3:34 pm
by drseti
I concur. Of course, the usual Sport Pilot caveat applies: you can have a lapsed medical, but it must not have been denied, revoked, or withdrawn.

Re: Sport Pilot Schools that Require a Medical - Help Stop T

Posted: Fri May 06, 2016 11:03 pm
by Hambone
That's good to know.

Thanks for the info!