On November 30, 2004, the FAA issued a Notice authorizing local FSDO’s to issue student pilot certificates to light sport aircraft applicants. The FSDO will process the application according to the guidelines set forth in Order 8700.1, vol. 2, ch. 4 and will also need to determine that the applicant holds either a valid U.S. driver’s license or a medical certificate. When completing Form 8710-1 (Airman Certificate and/or Rating Application) the FSDO will add “Sport Pilot” in the “Other” box in Section I.
If you have questions about how a FSDO will be handling this, contact the specific FSDO directly or call the FAA’s Certification and Flight Training Branch, AFS-840, at (202) 267-8212.