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Volume 9, Number 6 August 1, 2008     

Volunteers bring flying to life
By George Wilhelmsen

The Learn to Fly Discovery Center’s "Ask an Instructor" booth is ably manned by volunteers from the National Association of Flight Instructors (NAFI) and private pilots. Equipped with computers, knowledge, and a copy of the federal aviation regulations, they can answer most any question on becoming a sport or private pilot. Here are a couple of frequently asked question they’ve been hearing:

Q: What are the requirements to transition to a sport pilot certificate from a private pilot certificate?

A: As a private pilot, you already have met the necessary skills to become a sport pilot. Take dual training to get checked out in a light-sport aircraft, have your logbook endorsed, and you are good to go.

Q: Going for the private pilot certificate looks a lot harder than going for the sport pilot. What is the difference?

A: The sport pilot certificate has a few more restrictions, such as only being able to carry one passenger, but both the private and sport certificates cover the same materials as to how to fly airplanes.

If you have questions about how to become a sport pilot or private pilot, visit the Learn to Fly Discovery Center just west of AeroShell Square at the corner of Knapp Street Road.

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