The EAA 2017 Sport Pilot Academy will use a dedicated fleet of Cessna 162 Skycatchers.
After a successful launch back in August 2016, EAA has announced that their 2017 Sport Pilot Academy will be offered on three dates. They will offer a spring session, running from May 20th through June 10th, 2017, a fall session running from September 9th – 30th, 2017, and a third session in August “specifically for recipients of a scholarship for former Young Eagles.”
EAA’s immersive and all-inclusive three-week course is held at the group’s headquarters in Oshkosh, WI, and offers dedicated aircraft and instructors, allowing participants to focus on their flight training, fulfill all the necessary flight hours and requirements, including an FAA practical test, and end the course as a certificated sport pilot.
Additional Details on the 2017 EAA Sport Pilot Academy
EAA is offering the course at a price of $9,999. In addition to the flight training, aircraft costs, and instructors, that price also covers lodging at the EAA headquarters, daily meals, and a variety of additional activities. The only requirement that isn’t included as part of that cost is the FAA written test, which according to EAA, is “about $140 with an EAA member discount at a PSI Lasergrade Center.”
The flight training will include:
- Maneuvers and procedures
- Cross-country flight
- Solo and cross-country milestones
- Preparation for the checkride
EAA says the academy course will use a dedicated fleet of Cessna 162 Skycatchers with Continental O-200 engines, which their staff maintains to the highest standards. In addition to the flight training, EAA is offering what they refer to as “The Oshkosh Experience” as part of the course. This will include:
- Guest speakers and meet-and-greets.
- Taking in the EAA AirVenture Museum including behind-the-scenes tours.
- Flight experiences in a variety of EAA aircraft.
- Touring an air traffic control tower.
For those interested, the path to the sport pilot certificate with EAA will have the following steps:
- Participants will need to register for one of the two general EAA Sport Pilot Academy sessions, by clicking here, or find out more about the Young Eagle Scholarship options by clicking here. EAA says additional information on the Young Eagle option should be available March 1st.
- After signing up for the academy, participants will have access to Sporty’s Online Ground School, which you’ll need to complete. Upon completion, you’ll get the endorsement that allows you to sign up for the FAA written test.
- Participants will need to register for and pass the FAA written test for sport pilots before they arrive for their academy course, which can be done at a discounted rate if you’re an EAA member.
- And finally, complete the FAA-required flight instruction curriculum at the EAA Sport Pilot Academy, get signed off, and pass the FAA oral and practical tests which will be administered by an FAA Designated Pilot Examiner.
For more information on the Academy, you can visit EAA.org/sportpilotacademy.
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