When you become a Sport Pilot Examiner (SPE) Airplane, you will have the privilege to administer practical tests for sport pilot applicants flying airplane light-sport aircraft (LSA). As a Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner (SPIE) you will have the privilege to administer practical tests for airplane sport pilot certified flight instructor (CFIS) and sport pilot applicants. To become a SPE or SPIE you must:

To become a SPE or SPIE you must:

  • Be at least 18 years old.
  • Have at least a current and valid sport pilot airplane certified flight instructor certificate.
  • Meet minimum flight time requirements (PIC total – 250 hours, PIC in LSA Category – 100 hours, Total Flight Instruction given – 100 hours, Total Flight Instruction given In LSA Category – 50 hours, PIC Last 12 Months In LSA Category – 25 hours).
  • Apply and be accepted to attend the FAA airplane examiner seminar. NATIONAL EXAMINER BOARD – DESIGNATED PILOT EXAMINER CANDIDATE APPLICATION (.pdf).
  • Take the Examiner Knowledge test
  • Successfully complete the FAA examiner seminar.
  • For complete information on the FAA Sport Pilot Examiner program refer to the SPORT PILOT EXAMINER HANDBOOK (.pdf).