3Dreaming wrote:TimTaylor wrote:3Dreaming wrote:
I was looking for the citation to your claim that any student pilot can solo a LSA without a medical.
Of course you can switch from sport to private pilot.
Asked and answered by Paul and myself. Until he is a student specifically for Private pilot, he can solo an LSA without a medical. By default, he would be a student pilot for Sport Pilot if training in LSA until he says he is not. What FAR says when a student must decide and commit to which certificate he is going for?
There isn't one that says they must decide, but 61.23 says a student pilot must have a third class medical to exercise student pilot privileges in a airplane LSA or not. The only way they don't need a medical is if they have chosen the do sport pilot, and are flying a LSA.
The FAR DOES NOT say they must have chosen to do sport pilot. That must, in fact, be what they are doing. That is what they are doing until it's not.
This situation is another of the ambiguous issues created with the introduction of Sport Pilot without a complete harmonization of all FAR's. Some people will read and interpret the FAR's precisely as written. Others will use common sense and logic to interpret things more liberally. This difference of opinion exist within the FAA also. It's similiar to the question of do you need a medical to act as safety pilot in an LSA for which you are legal to fly as PIC? Some say yes, some say no.
Obviously we disagree, so going back and forth is not going to resolve our difference of opinion.