Arlington, Washington 05/14/2016
Congratulations to our newest FAA CFI Joe Eggert. Joe successfully passed his FAA practical test for Sport Pilot Flight Instructor this morning at Arlington Airport, Arlington Washington. This was also a hallmark day in that Mark Martin was appointed to FAA SPIE (Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner)! Mark is already a designed Sport Pilot Examiner, but to receive the additional designation required him to conduct a CFI practical test under the watchful eyes of his supervisor, Mike Sees out of Light Sport Branch in Oklahoma City.
Becoming a CFI in powered parachutes is no small accomplishment. It requires no less than 100 hours of pilot in command time in powered aircraft with a minimum of 50 hours in powered parachutes. The applicant then needs to pass two FAA written tests, one relating airman knowledge and the other on fundamentals of instruction. And finally the applicant must pass a rigorous practical test with an FAA examiner. Eggert has been working towards this achievement for the past two years. His ultimate plan will be to relocate to the Austin Texas area and that is good news for our network as we have no instructor WPPA affiliates yet in that region.
Achieving designation as an FAA Sport Pilot Instructor Examiner is another step up the ladder for Mark Martin, owner of N.W. Light Sport Aviation based in Arlington. Mark stepped up to Sport Pilot Examiner two years ago when Doug Maas retired his designation. And up until this point there were no designated instructor examiners in the Western Powered Parachute Association network.
The fact is, as we have written before, the sport simply can’t survive long term without new folks stepping up to these roles of instructing and examining. And that is just not an easy process. These new leaders devote huge amounts of time and money to achieve their certificates and designations and even more to maintain them.
We are deeply indebted and thankful to Mark and Joe for their willingness and efforts. And of course a huge thanks to Mike Sees, FAA Light Sport for watching over the Pacific Northwest “flock” and helping us stay airborne!
The complete list of existing WPPA instructor affiliates has been updated and is available on the CONTACT US page.