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Somewhere I read that if you know you will fail the med exam for Private Pilot, it doesn't mean you can avoid taking an exam then apply for a Sport pilot cert. Dont ask me how they know you knew. Maybe you have to sign a statment to that effect. You can however, be an Flight Instructor without a medical certificate. If you are already an instructor, you can instruct, like for BFR's, but the pilot you're checking has to qualify as PIC. such as getting a BFR before the old one expires. dd
Hi Doug: I don't realy deal with sport pilots so I am not 100 % sure on that. I have heard that some longtime pilots were just turning them in if they knew they had a problem. I would check the FAA website on that Airfreddy
§ 61.23 (c) (2) (iv)
Skipp: The FAR you quote actually states that the sport pilot must "Not know or have reason to know of any medical condition that would make that person unable to operate a light-sport aircraft in a safe manner." It does not state "Not know or have reason to know of any medical condition that would make that person fail a 3rd class medical." So you are ok so long as to the best of your knowledge you can safely operate a lsa.
Keep your fingers crossed. Light Sport made a mockery out of the 3rd class medical. It is now a dinosaur waiting for the majority to make it extinct.
The rules makers never dreamed the aircraft industry could design and build an airplane that is faster than all the Cessna 100 series and still meets their "ultra light" gross weight.
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