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).
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)