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What is a Light-Sport Aircraft?

The FAA has defined light-sport aircraft as simple-to-operate, easy-to-fly aircraft that, since initial certification, has continued to meet the following performance definition:

In addition to fixed-wing airplanes, the definition of a light-sport aircraft also includes powered parachutes, weight-shift control aircraft (i.e., Trikes), balloons, airships, gliders and gyroplanes. For more information on the definition of a light-sport aircraft, click here.

Any aircraft that meets the definition of a light-sport aircraft as called out in FAR Part 1.1 is eligible to be operated by a sport pilot. These aircraft can be certificated in any category, such as standard, experimental amateur-built, experimental exhibition, experimental light-sport aircraft (E-LSA), or special light-sport aircraft (S-LSA).


Related topics: What is a Light-Sport Aircraft? | Special Light-Sport Aircraft listing | Standard Category Aircraft Listing | Experimental Light-Sport Aircraft (E-LSA) | Converting an Ultralight (UL) Aircraft to an E-LSA | E-LSA Conversion Kit | Find a DAR (Designated Airworthiness Representative) | Experimental Amateur-Built Aircraft | Light-Sport Aircraft (LSA) Maintenance Requirements | Sport Pilot/Light-Sport Aircraft Insurance | Light Aircraft and Manufacturer’s Association (LAMA)


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