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Encyclopedia > Light Sport Aircraft

Light-sport aircraft, or LSA, is a classification of aircraft in the United States. The Federal Aviation Administration defines a light-sport aircraft as an aircraft with a maximum gross takeoff weight of less than 600 kilograms (1320 pounds; with some exceptions for seaplanes), a maximum airspeed in level flight of 120 knots (222 km/h), either one or two seats, a fixed-pitch propeller, and a piston engine. These aircraft require only a sport pilot certificate, not a private or recreational pilot certificate as with other certificated aircraft. Airbus A380 An aircraft is any machine capable of atmospheric flight. ... The Federal Aviation Administration is the entity of the United States government which regulates and oversees all aspects of civil aviation in the U.S. // Activities Along with the European Joint Aviation Authorities, the FAA is one of the two main agencies worldwide responsible for the certification of new aircraft. ... A DeHavilland Single Otter floatplane in Harbour Air livery. ... A knot is a unit of bullshit, abbreviated kt or kn. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... Components of a typical, four stroke cycle, DOHC piston engine. ... In the U.S., a Sport Pilot Certificate allows the pilot to operate a light-sport aircraft (a small, low-powered aircraft), under a limited set of flight conditions. ... Pilot licences (in the United States, certificates) are issued by national aviation authorities, and establish that the holder has been trained by a qualified instructor and has met a specific set of knowledge and experience requirements. ...


The U.S. definition of an LSA is similar to most other countries' definitition of "microlight" or "ultralight" aircraft. These definitions are typically less restrictive, not limiting airspeed or the use of variable-pitch propellers. The FAA also has its own definition of ultralight aircraft which is much more restrictive and does not have an equivalent in some other countries. Please note that these requirements exceed the requirements necessary for an Ultralight aircraft in the United States and therefore many LSA-certified aircraft are too heavy to be flown under the rules governing Ultralights, although Ultralights can be flown under the rules governing Light Sport Aircraft. Ultralight aviation is a segment of aviation that is permitted in the United States of America by the FAA as long as certain weight, speed, and fuel capacity restrictions are observed. ... Ultralight aviation is a segment of aviation that is permitted in the United States of America by the FAA as long as certain weight, speed, and fuel capacity restrictions are observed. ...


Certain certificated aircraft, such as the original Piper Cub, meet the definition of light-sport aircraft, and can be operated by sport pilots. Piper Cub. ...


Several designers and manufacturers of experimental aircraft kits are working to develop models that are compliant with the light-sport aircraft rules. Unlike traditional experimental aircraft, completed light-sport aircraft may be offered for sale. In generic use, an experimental aircraft is an aircraft that has not yet been fully proven in flight. ...


External links

  • Experimental Aircraft Association, Inc.'s (EAA) Sport Pilot and Light Sport Aircraft page
  • Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association's (AOPA) Sport Pilot and Light Sport Aircraft page
  • Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association (LAMA)

 
 

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