What is Light Sport Aircraft?



A light sport aircraft (LSA), is a small aircraft which it meets Federal Aviation Administration – 14CFR parts 1, 21, 43, 45, 61, 65, 91 date affective as of September 1st, 2004. The light sport aircraft must be weight less than 1,320 pounds (1,430 pounds for Seaplane) and are heavier and faster than ultralight vehicles include airplanes, gliders, balloons, powered parachutes, weight-shift control aircraft, and gyroplanes.

Max. Gross Takeoff Weight – 1,320 lbs (1,430 lbs for seaplanes)
Max. Stall Speed – 45 knots CAS
Max. Speed in Level Flight (VH) – 120 knots CAS
Seats – Two
Engines / Motors – One
Propeller – Fixed-pitch or ground adjustable
Cabin – Unpressurized
Landing Gear – Fixed (except for seaplanes and gliders)

Can be sold as ready to fly S-LSA (Special Light Sport Aircraft)
Can be Experimental Light Sport Aircraft (E-LSA)
Must have FAA registration – N-number
U.S. or foreign manufacture of light sport aircraft is authorized
My be operated at night if the aircraft is equipped per FAR 91.205, if such operations are allowed by it’s operating limitations and the pilot holds minimum of Private Pilot certificate

For more information please visit EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association site – here

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