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G. Michael Huffman
Sport Aviation Specialties, LLC

1512 Game Trail
Lawrenceville, GA 30044

770-548-1206

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G. Michael Huffman
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Member of ASTM F37 Light-Sport Aircraft Committee

Member of Light Aircraft
Manufacturers Association

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Light Sport Aircraft Maintenance & Inspection for A&P Mechanics

  • Are you an A&P Mechanic who would like to expand your service offerings to include maintenance and inspections of light sport aircraft (LSA)?
  • Are you an IA that needs refresher training credit?

  • Would you like to learn about the unique requirements of LSA maintenance and inspection as compared with type-certificated aircraft?

  • Do you want to avoid potential pitfalls that might get you in trouble with the FAA or incur additional liability?

Then plan to attend our new ONLINE course, entitled "LSA Maintenance & Inspection." The course is now approved by FAA for 6 hrs of IA refresher training credit.

The course is based on our experience with both Special Light-Sport Aircraft (SLSA) and Experimental Light-Sport Aircraft (ELSA):

  • A&P Mechanic- more than 35 years experience
  • FAA Designated Airworthiness Representative for light-sport aircraft
  • ASTM F37 Light-Sport Aircraft committee member
  • Member of the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association (LAMA)
  • Consultant to SLSA manufacturers
  • Light-sport repairman course provider--more than 50 courses to date

Course Content
The 8-hour course, which is divided into two 4-hour sessions, will first take you through the background of how light-sport aircraft came to be.

Next, we will provide a general overview of LSA maintenance/inspection rules and regulations, as compared with type certificated aircraft.

After the general overview, we will discuss in detail the specific FAA regulations and policies pertaining to LSA.

The next topic will be a detailed review of the ASTM LSA consensus standards.

Following that, we'll take a look at typical LSA manufacturers' manuals for operating, maintaining, and inspecting the aircraft and show you how to interpret them to assure you and the aircraft are in compliance with the rules and that the aircraft is in a condition for safe operation.

Finally, we'll review some of the unique design features of SLSA airframes, engines, propellers, and appliances that you may not be familiar with.

The goal of the course is for you to become confident in your knowledge of LSA and ready to add LSA maintenance and inspection to your service offerings, should you so desire.

The Course is Conducted Online
One of the main benefits of the course is that you do not have to travel to a remote location, thus saving time, gasoline, airline tickets, hotel, and other travel expenses.

The course is conducted over the Internet using Webex video and telephone conferencing, with you sitting at your home or work computer. You will be able to see and hear the instructor and follow the presentation via live onscreen video and live telephone audio.

After you have registered, you will join the training session at the apppointed time.

As the discussion proceeds, you will be able to ask questions of the instructor and obtain answers. Handouts will be provided ahead of time summarizing the content and providing a convenient place for you to take notes.

Depending on the needs of participants, courses may be scheduled on a week day, on a Saturday, or split between two consecutive week nights. Throughout the course, regular short breaks will be provided. In addition, for courses conducted on a single day,a one-hour lunch break will be provided.

Course Status with FAA
The course is approved for 6 hours of IA refresher training credit. If you want credit, a test is required with a minimum passing grade of 70%. The test is administered during the live training session. At the end of the course, you will receive a course completion certificate.

What You'll Need to Participate
To participate in the online course, you will need the following.

  • A Windows or Macintosh computer, with
    • Broadband Internet access (DSL, cable, etc)
    • Sufficient random access memory (RAM) to display live video
    • An email account

  • A telephone with unlimited long-distance. You'll be on the phone for a total of about 8 hours, so it is preferable that the phone:
    • Is a land line, instead of a cellular phone, to maximize audio quality and minimize dropped calls and other cellular problems
    • Has a headset and boom microphone, so your hands are free to take notes

Course Fee
The course fee is $199 per person, payable using during online registration.

Course Schedule
Courses are scheduled on an as-needed basis--contact us for more information.

Course Registration
Pre-registration and payment of the course fee is required.

To register, please phone us at the telephone number shown on the left side of this page. We accept Visa and Mastercard payments over the phone, or you may mail us a check.

The maximum number of participants in any course is 25. Registrations are handled on a first-come/first served basis.

Joining a Meeting
Once your registration has been approved, you will automatically receive confirmation by email, along with instructions for joining the online course at the appointed time. The instructions will include an Internet address for your browser and a telephone number for you to call.

Participants are allowed to join a course as early as 10 minutes before the scheduled time. You are encouraged to do so, in order to get properly set up before the meeting start time.

If you have not used Webex before, you will be prompted to download a small ActiveX component to allow the Webex interface to work properly. This component is safe and is necessary, so please allow it to be downloaded.

Cancellation/Rescheduling
If we cancel a course or reschedule a course to a time when you cannot attend, we will issue a full credit to your Visa or Mastercard.

If you cancel your registration within 14 days of the course date, we may charge you a cancellation fee, according to the schedule below. If you re-register for a later course, we may refund a portion of the cancellation fee.

14+ Days- No Fee
7-13 Days- $75 fee
1-6 Days- $125 fee
No Show- full course fee