Special Light-Sport Aircraft
EAA's Listing of Special Light-Sport Aircraft
For the following aircraft, EAA has received a copy of the airworthiness certificate (FAA form 8130-7) verifying that the company has received at least one Special Light-Sport Aircraft (S-LSA) airworthiness certificate. EAA has not performed any other due diligence on these companies EAA recommends you do a thorough "preflight" of any company from which you are considering an aircraft purchase.
If you are manufacturer or dealer and would like your S-LSA included, send a copy of your S-LSA airworthiness certificate to:
EAA Aviation Services
PO Box 3086
Oshkosh, WI 54903-3086
What is a Special Light-Sport Aircraft
A special light-sport aircraft (S-LSA) is a factory-built, ready-to-fly aircraft designed and construction accordance with the ASTM consensus standards for light-sport aircraft (LSA).
In addition to recreational flying, S-LSA can be rented and used for flight instruction. They must be maintained and inspected by a certification repairman with an LSA maintenance rating, a standard FAA aircraft maintenance rating, known as an airframe and powerplant (A&P) rating, or at an FAA authorized repair station. Pilots can perform preventive maintenance on S-LSA.
Private owners of these aircraft may change an S-LSA’s airworthiness certificate to experimental light-sport aircraft status (E-LSA). This allows the owner to perform the annual condition inspection after attending a 16-hour course to obtain a light-sport aircraft repairman’s certificate with an inspection rating. However, once an S-LSA is certificated as an E-LSA, it can no longer be used for rental or commercial flight training.
A foreign aircraft sold in the United States as S-LSA must be eligible to operate in its country of origin, which must have a bi-lateral agreement with the FAA.
Why Consensus Standards?
The National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act of 1995 mandated that federal agencies “shall use technical standards that are developed or adopted by voluntary consensus standards bodies” as opposed to rules established by the government. The United States Congress, in a 1996 Federal Law (Public Law 104), further stated, “Federal agencies shall consult with private sector consensus bodies when such participation is in the public interest….”
Accordingly, the FAA mandated in the sport pilot/light-sport aircraft rule, that consensus standards be developed to govern the production of light-sport aircraft (LSA). At the suggestion of EAA, the FAA engaged ASTM International to assist the light-sport aircraft community in the development of those standards.
For more information about the ASTM standards for light-sport aircraft, visit www.astm.org and click on “Technical Committees” and search for “Light-Sport Aircraft" (Committee F-37), or read the following articles:
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)