Getting into the New Year garage cleanup spirit, the FAA has amended its Part 61 flight training rule, finalized in 2009, with some needed clarifications and corrections.The stated purpose is to “revise the training, qualification, certification, and operating requirements for pilots, flight instructors, ground instructors, and pilot schools.” *** The primary change as it relates to our corner of the aviation universe: Flight examiners giving the checkride for the Sport Pilot ticket do not need a medical certificate as long as they have a U.S. driver’s license: i.e. the same self-certification of competence to fly requirement that governs the Sport Pilot license qualification. ***
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