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Daylight Savings Time

  United States
Year Year DST Begins at 2 a.m. DST Ends at 2 a.m.
2003 April 6 October 26
2004 April 4 October 31
2005 April 3 October 30
2006 April 2 October 29
2007 March 11 November 4
2008 March 9 November 2
2009 March 8 November 1
2010 March 14 November 7

How fast "can" your plane go?

Here is a simple mathematical equation to determine how fast your plane can go. This is strictly based on the prop RPM and the pitch of the prop. To account for the drag of the airframe multiply by somewhere between .85 to .95. Play with the drag factor to see how clean your airframe is.

RPM * Pitch / 1056 = miles per hour

Example: for the Zodiac 601 with the continental 0-200 engine and 58 pitch prop

(2500 x 58) / 1056 = 137.3 mph x .90 = 123.3 mph

Prop Pitch Selection Calculator from Valley Engineering

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Frequently Asked Questions (Sorry, GSA will add content to these questions will be added at a later time)

Please feel free to contact us if you have questions. GSA has spent hundreds of hours analyzing the new SLSA aircraft available today. Ask us how we made our decision or our opinion on engines.

The Sport Pilot Program

  • Q: What is this sport pilot thing?
  • Q: When was this program initiated?
  • Q: Who can become a sport pilot?
  • Q: What aircraft can I fly?
  • Q: What are my privileges?
  • Q: What are my restrictions/limitations?


  • Q: Where can I get SP instruction?
  • Q: How long is the training? How does it compare to Private Pilot students?
  • Q: Can I use Uncle Bob's Cessna 172 as my training aircraft?
  • Q: How much does it cost?
  • Q: What are some sample training packages?
  • Q: I haven't flown in years, how quickly can I get back in the pilot's seat?

Light Sport Aircraft (LSA)

  • Q: What is classified as a "Light Sport Aircraft" ?
  • Q: I want to buy a LSA. How much should I expect to pay?
  • Q: What are some disadvantages of LSA?
  • Q: I already fly a LSA, can I fly a different LSA?


  • Q: Is it true all you need is a driver's license instead of a medical?


  • Q: I heard that sport pilot insurance is high, is it true?

Rules and Regulations

  • Q: I already have a Pilot Pilot license, can I fly as a Sport Pilot too?