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Below is a list of online resources available in the Sport Pilot Operations category. The FAA is not responsible for the contents of the non-government sites listed. The list is provided only as a convenience to the users of this site. Click here to return to the category list

001. Locate an office
This link provides a list of certification and flight standards offices including a guide that directs the user to the proper office.
002. EAA Resources
EAA's Listing of Special Light-Sport Aircraft
004. Stache Air Certification Guides
This link directs the user to a non-FAA web site. The utility of the site is that it provides certification check lists and other safety promotion information.
005. Rainbow Aviation
This link directs the user to a non-FAA web site. The utility of the site is that it provides publications, certified Light Sport Repairman contact information and other safety promotion information.
006. Rainbow Aviation
List by state of Light-Sport Repairman with a Maintenance Rating
007. Rainbow Aviation
008. Light Sport Definition
14 CFR 1.1 General definitions (Scroll to Light-Sport Aircraft) Definitions of words such as: Consensus Standard, Gyroplane, Light-sport aircraft, Powered parachute, Weight-shift-control aircraft and many other handy terms.
009. Sport Pilot and Sport Pilot Flight Instructor Certification
General information on Sport Pilot and Sport Pilot Flight Instructor Certification provided by AFS-610 the FAA’s light Sport Aviation Branch.
010. Sport Pilot web page
This link leads the user to the FAA’s website Sport Pilot page that has many useful links for sport pilots.
017. Sport Pilot Information Resources
AC 61-65E Certification: Presolo aeronautical knowledge for Pilots and Flight and Ground Instructors.
021. Sport and Recreational Accident Summaries
This is a compilation of accident summaries relevant to slow simple flight.
022. Zodiac CH601XL Special Review-Final Report
This report is a special review of the Zodiac CH 601 XL and CH 650 to evaluate the design and operational details of these aircraft after several in-flight structural failures.
023. Zodiac CH601XL Special Review-Appendix
Appendix to the special review of the Zodiac CH 601 XL and CH 650 to evaluate the design and operational details of these aircraft after several in-flight structural failures.
024. AC 60-25F Reference Materials and Subject Matter Codes for Airman Testing
This AC includes codes for pilots, instructors, flight engineers, dispatchers, navigators, pilot examiners, inspection authorization, parachute riggers, and aircraft mechanics.
025. AC 60-11C Test Aids and Materials for Airman Knowledge Testing Applicants
Airmen may use test aids, scales, plotters, nav computers, log sheets, and aviation oriented calculating devices. In addition, applicants may use test materials provided with the test.
026. FAA-G-8082-4A Sport Pilot & CFI with SP Rating Knowledge Test Guide
This guide provides information for preparing for the following knowledge tests: Sport Pilot Airplane, Balloon, Glider, Airship, Powered Parachute, Weight Shift Control, and Gyroplane.
030. FAA-S-8081-29 Practical Test Standards
Sport Pilot Practical Test Standards for Airplane, Gyroplane, Glider and Flight instructor
032. FAA-S-8081-31 Practical Test Standards
Sport Pilot Practical Test Standards for Weight Shift Control, Powered Parachute, Flight Instructor.
035. FAA-S-8081-32 Practical Test Standards
Private Pilot Practical Test Standards for Powered Parachute (PPL and PPS), Weight Shift Control (WSCL and WSCS)
041. FAA-H-8083-19A Plane Sense General Aviation Information
Plane Sense introduces aircraft owners and operators to basic information about the requirements involved in owning a private aircraft.
042. FAA Order 8100.8 Designee Management Handbook
This order establishes policy and procedures for the management of certain representatives of the Administrator, including Designated Airworthiness Representatives.
044. 14 CFR Part 1 Definitions and Abbreviations
Definitions of words such as: Consensus Standard, Gyroplane, Light-sport aircraft, Powered parachute, Weight-shift-control aircraft and many other handy terms.
049. 14 CFR Part 91
Part 91 is the general operating and flight rules. This part prescribes rules governing the operation of aircraft (with certain exceptions) within the United States.
050. Advisory Circulars Searchable Data Base
This link directs the user to a database of Advisory Circulars. This database is a searchable repository of all aviation safety Advisory Circulars (ACs).
052. AC 00-24B Thunderstorms
This Advisory Circular describes the hazards of thunderstorms to aviation and offers guidance to help prevent accidents caused by thunderstorms.
053. AC 00-25 Forming and Operating a Flying Club
This Advisory Circular provides preliminary information to “flight-minded” men and women who wish to form and operate a flying club.
054. AC 00-30B Atmospheric Turbulence Avoidance
This Advisory Circular describes to pilots the various types of clear air turbulence (CAT) and some of the weather patterns associated with it.
055. AC 00-34A Aircraft Ground Handling and Servicing
This Advisory Circular contains generally accepted information and safety practices which may help prevent injuries to personnel and damage to aircraft.
056. AC 00-45G Aviation Weather Services
This AC explains U.S. aviation weather products and services. It describes advisories, coded weather reports, forecasts, observed and prognostic weather charts, and radar and satellite imagery.
057. AC 00-54 Pilot Windshear Guide
This AC communicates key windshear information relevant to flight crews. It includes the first volume of the Pilot Windshear Training Aid.
058. AC 20-27F Certification and Operation of Amateur-Built Aircraft
This Advisory Circular provides specific information and guidance to amateur aircraft builders on, registering, marking, applying for certifying and operating their aircraft.
060. AC 20-35C Tie Down Sense
This AC provides updated information of general use for aircraft tie-down techniques and procedures.
061. AC 20-37 Aircraft Metal Propeller Maintenance
This AC provides information and describes maintenance procedures for owners, operators, and maintainers during the service life of aircraft propellers.
062. AC 20-42 Hand Fire Extinguishers for Use in Aircraft
This AC describes handheld aviation fire extinguishers. It is written primarily for large aircraft, but the information in this AC is acceptable for use by the operators of small aircraft.
064. AC 20-105B Engine Power Loss Accident Prevention and Trend Monitoring
This AC updates statistical information and brings to the attention of aircraft owners, and maintenance personnel the circumstances surrounding engine power-loss accidents.
065. AC 20-106 Aircraft Inspection for the General Aviation Aircraft Owner
This AC describes techniques used in aircraft inspections. It is designed to familiarize owner, pilots, student mechanics, and others with inspection procedures.
066. AC 20-111 Communication Interference Caused by a Stuck Microphone
This AC alerts operators to the potential hazards created by unintentional keying of microphones resulting in radio transmissions from radio transmitters.
068. AC 20-119 Fuel Drain Valves
This AC discusses an acceptable means for positive locking of fuel drain valves in the closed position.
070. AC 39-7 Airworthiness Directives
This AC provides guidance and information to owners and operators of aircraft concerning their responsibility for complying with and recording compliance airworthiness directives.
071. AC 43-9C Maintenance Records
This AC describes methods of showing compliance with the general aviation maintenance record making and record keeping.
072. AC 60-4A Pilot's Spatial Disorientation
This AC acquaints pilots with the hazards of disorientation caused by loss of visual reference with the surface.
073. AC 60-6B Airplane Flight manuals, Approved Manual Materials and Markings
This Advisory Circular calls attention to the regulatory requirements governing airplane flight manuals, approved manual materials, markings, and placards.
074. AC 60-22 Aeronautical Decision Making
This Advisory Circular provides reference material on Aeronautical Decision Making. It provides a systematic approach to risk and stress management.
075. AC 61-67C Stall and Spin Awareness Training
This AC explains the stall and spin awareness training and offers guidance to flight instructors who provide it.
076. AC 61-83F Nationally Scheduled Flight Instructor Refresher Clinics
This AC provides information for the preparation and approval of training course outlines for FAA approved industry-conducted CFI refresher clinics.
078. AC 61-98A Currency Requirements for Certificated Pilots
This AC provides information for certificated pilots and flight instructors to use in complying with the flight review required by FAR’s.
079. AC 61-103 Transition Training for High Performance Aircraft
This AC informs all pilots and flight instructors of the availability of guidelines for pilots transitioning into high performance airplanes.
080. AC 61-134 General Aviation Controlled Flight into Terrain Awareness
This AC highlights the risk that controlled flight into terrain poses for general aviation pilots. It provides recommendations and strategies to combat CFIT.
082. AC 90-42F Traffic Advisory Practices at Airports without Control Towers
This AC contains good operating practices and procedures for use when approaching or departing airports without an operating control tower.
083. AC 90-48C Pilots Role in Collision Avoidance
This AC alerts all pilots to the hazards of midair collision, and emphasizes those problem areas where improvements in pilot education are needed to reduce midair conflicts.
084. AC 90-66A Traffic Patterns at Airports without Control Towers
This Advisory Circular recommends procedures for operations at airports without control towers. It recommends traffic patterns and operational procedures for aircraft, lighter than air, glider, parachute, rotorcraft, and ultralight vehicle operations.
085. AC 90-67B Light Signals from the Control Tower for Ground Vehicles, Equipme
This Advisory Circular provides information with respect to the meaning of light gun signals used by air-traffic control tower personnel in communicating to ground vehicles, and personnel on the airport movement area.
086. AC 90-89 Amateur-Built Aircraft and Ultralight Flight Testing Handbook
This Advisory Circular sets forth suggestions and safety related recommendations to assist amateur and ultralight builders in developing individualized aircraft flight test plans.
087. AC 91.11-1 Guide to Drug Hazards in Aviation Medicine
This AC was prepared to familiarize airmen with the effect of various commonly prescribed drugs on airman performance.
088. AC 91-13C Cold Weather Operation of Aircraft
This AC provides background and guidelines relating to operation of aircraft in the colder climates where wide temperature changes may occur.
089. AC 91-33A Use of Automotive Gasoline and Alternate Grades of Av Gas
This AC Circular provides information relating to the use of alternate grades of gasoline when Grade 80/87 aviation gasoline is not available.
091.AC 91-36D Visual Flight Rules (VFR) Flight Near Noise-Sensitive Areas
This AC encourages pilots making VFR flights near noise-sensitive areas to fly at altitudes higher than the minimum permitted by regulation.
092. AC 91-43 Unreliable Airspeed Indications
The purpose of this AC is to alert pilots to the possibility of erroneous airspeed indications that may be caused by blocking or freezing of the pitot system.
094. AC 91-46 Gyroscopic Instruments - Good Operating Practices
This AC emphasizes to pilots the need to check the proper operation of instruments, instrument cross-checks and proficiency in partial-panel operations.
095. AC 91-48 Acrobatics - Precision Flying With a Purpose
This AC provides information to persons who are interested in acrobatics to improve their piloting skills as recreation, sport, or as a competitive activity.
096. AC 91-50 Importance of Transponder Operation and Altitude Reporting
This AC provides information and guidance concerning the importance of transponder operation and altitude reporting in the National Airspace System.
097. AC 91-55 Reduction of Electrical System Failures following Aircraft Engine
This AC is to warn general aviation aircraft owner/pilots and maintenance personnel of possible total electrical system failure following aircraft engine starting.
098. AC 91-61 A Hazard in Aerobatics: Effects of G-Forces of Pilots
This AC is to warn pilots who engage in aerobatics, or those who would take up such activity, of G loading and some of its physiological effects.
100. AC 91-65 Use of Shoulder Harness in Passenger Seats
This AC provides information to pilots and passengers, regarding the crash survivability aspects of small aircraft equipped with shoulder harnesses.
101. AC 91-67 Minimum Equipment Requirements for General Aviation Operations Und
This AC describes acceptable methods for the operation of aircraft under 14 CFR Part 91 with inop. instruments and equipment which are not essential for safe flight.
102. AC 91-69A Seaplane Safety for FAR Part 91 Operators
This AC contains recommendations for seaplane operators regarding seaplane preflight, oral briefings, the use of safety belts, escape & egress after capsizing, and water survival.
104. AC 91-73A Single-Pilot Procedures during Taxi Operations
This AC provides guidelines for the development and implementation of standard operating procedures (SOP) for conducting safe aircraft operations during taxiing.
105. AC 91-74A Pilot Guide: Flight in Icing Conditions
This AC contains information concerning safe flight in icing conditions, what conditions should be avoided, and information on how to avoid those conditions if encountered.
106. AC 91-75 Attitude Indicator
The purpose of this AC is to provide a method to substitute an approved attitude indicator for a rate-of-turn indicator.
110. AC 120-80 In-Flight Fires
This AC was developed and issued by the FAA to address a number of issues linked to in-flight fires
111. AC 135-17 Pilot Guide - Small Aircraft Ground Deicing (pocket)
This AC contains information and recommendations to assist pilots in conducting ground operations during weather conditions conducive to aircraft icing.
112. AC 150/5210-20 Ground Vehicle Operations on Airports
This AC provides guidance to airport operators in developing training programs for safe ground vehicle operations and pedestrian control on the airside of an airport.
113. FAA-H-8083-1 Aircraft Weight and Balance Handbook
This handbook provides aircraft operators with a method of determining the empty weight and empty-weight center of gravity of an aircraft.
114. FAA-H-8083-3A Airplane Flying Handbook
The Airplane Flying Handbook is designed as a technical manual to introduce basic pilot skills and knowledge that
115. FAA-H-8083-5 Weight-Shift Aircraft Flying Handbook
The Weight-Shift Control Aircraft Flying Handbook introduces the basic pilot knowledge and skills that are essential for piloting WSC aircraft.
116. FAA-H-8083-6 Advanced Avionics Handbook
The Advanced Avionics Handbook is designed to provide general aviation users with information on advanced avionics equipment in technically advanced aircraft.
117. FAA-H-8083-9 Aviation Instructor’s Handbook
The Aviation Instructor’s Handbook was developed to help beginning instructors understand and apply the fundamentals of instruction.
118. FAA-H-8083-13 Glider Flying Handbook
The Glider Flying Handbook is a technical manual for applicants who are preparing for glider category rating and for current glider pilots who wish to improve their knowledge.
120. FAA-H-8083-17 Parachute Rigger Handbook
This operational handbook introduces the basic skills necessary for acquiring a parachute rigger certificate.
121. FAA-H-8083-19A Plane Sense General Aviation Information
Plane Sense introduces aircraft owners and operators to basic information about the requirements involved in owning a private aircraft.
122. FAA-H-8083-29 Powered Parachute Flying Manual
The Powered Parachute Flying Handbook is a technical manual for applicants who are preparing for a PP category rating and for current PP pilots who wish to improve their knowledge.
123. FAA-H-8083-21 Rotorcraft Flying Handbook
This Handbook is a technical manual for applicants who are preparing for their private, commercial, or flight instructor pilot certificates with a rotorcraft class rating.
124. FAA-H-8083-23 Seaplane, Ski plane, and Float/Ski equipped Helicopter Operat
This handbook is intended for pilots who already hold pilot certificates and who are learning to fly seaplanes, ski planes, or helicopters equipped for water or ski operations.
125. FAA-H-8083-25A Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge
The Pilot’s Handbook of Aeronautical Knowledge provides basic knowledge for the student pilot, as well as pilots seeking advanced pilot certification.
126. FAA-H-8083-27A Student Pilot Guide
This publication is a guide for prospective student pilots, student pilots, sport pilots, recreational pilots, and private pilots.
127. FAA/FS-I8700-1 Information For Banner Tow Operations
This publication is an information guide for banner tow operations, to promote safe operations through careful preparation and planning.
128. AM-400-09/4 Acceleration in Aviation: G-Force
This brochure explains the physiological effects of acceleration caused by maneuvering of aircraft.
130. AM-400-95/2 Altitude-Induced Decompression Sickness
This brochure explains the physiological effects of altitude induced decompression sickness.
131. OK05-0270 Carbon Monoxide: A deadly Menace
Carbon monoxide poisoning is a safety issue that pilots tend to ignore, even though it is the most common industrial poisoning accident in the United States.
132. AM-400-09/3 Circadian Rhythm Disruption and Flying
Your circadian rhythm must be maintained to operate within normal working parameters, or a variety of negative effects will occur, and some of these could become a safety-of-flight issue.
133. AM-400-03/2 Deep Vein Thrombosis and Travel
Any situation where one’s activity is limited for long periods, a long automobile drive, train ride, or flight may contribute to a Deep Vein Thrombosis.
134. OK-07-193 Fatigue in Aviation
If a fatigued person is involved in safety-related activities such as piloting an aircraft, performing surgery, or running a nuclear reactor, the consequences of fatigue can be disastrous.
135. AM-400/09/2 Fit for Flight
This brochure provides basic guidelines for developing a balanced physical fitness program and customizing a workout to fit your needs.
136. AM-400-98/3 Hearing and Noise in Aviation
The purpose of this brochure is to provide you with the basic medical facts concerning noise and its permanent effect on human beings.
137. AM-400-90/2 Hypoxia The higher you fly…The less Air in the Sky
Our body doesn’t give us reliable signals at the onset of hypoxia unless we have received training to recognize the symptoms.
138. OK-06-148 Information for Pilots Considering Laser Eye Surgery
This brochure describes the benefits as well as possible pitfalls of laser refractive surgery
139. AM-400-01/2 Medical Certification Questions and Answers
The purpose of this brochure is to provide you with A checklist for speeding your medical certification decision.
142. AM-400-01 Aviation Safety Courses Available Through the FAA
Pilots who are knowledgeable about physiological phenomena encountered in the aviation environment are better prepared to deal with potentially fatal in-flight events.
144. AM-400-98/2 Pilot Vision
This brochure describes features of our vision that effect flight such as visual illusions, the anatomical blind spot, field of vision, night blindness, and focus.
146. AM-400-95/1 Smoke Toxicity
This brochure briefs aircrew on the dangers of smoke inhalation. Extinguishment of fires obviously has first priority, but smoke inhalation should be recognized as a very real danger.