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Update on Transition Pilot Flight Review Requirements for Solo

The FAA has confirmed in the recent “Bennett interpretation” that a current Flight Review is required for transition pilots. This interpretation acknowledges that there is “disparate treatment between student pilots and pilots who hold higher level pilot certificates.” Rich Carlson, SSF Chairman, has been in contact with the FAA. They are working to change the regulations to fix the disparity. Expectations are that it will take 9 to 12 months to fix the regulations.

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Transition Pilot Solo Requirements

In February 2016 the SSA Government Liaison committee was informed that the FAA Chief Counsel's office had released a letter of interpretation regarding the requirements for solo flight in a glider by an Airplane or Helicopter pilot receiving training for a glider category pilot certificate.  The FAA ruled that these transition pilots must have a current Flight Review, as specified in 61.56, before solo flight in a glider can be authorized.

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2016 Racing Rules Posted

Rules changes this year affect the contests you may enter and how you fly tasks, so please be sure you have read the summary of changes at:



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EAA, Soaring Society of America Announce MOU



Agreement updates joint efforts to introduce and support flying on all levels EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — (February 18, 2016) — The Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) and Soaring Society of America (SSA) today announced a memorandum of understanding that expands the organizations’ joint efforts to bring the possibilities of flight to more people.

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Soaring In The News


For those who have experienced the thrill of motorless flight from the recent airing of CloudStreet: Soaring the American West, we are here to further your excitement and help you begin a new journey. 

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