LSA Info

What you need to know about LSA

What is a Light Sport Aircraft?

The Special Light Sport Aviation (SP/LSA) regulation created a new category of aircraft in order to bridge the gap between general aviation aircraft and ultralight aircraft. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) established that these aircraft would have to be certified to industry standard and fit the following description:

Must be: non-turbine, single engine with fixed landing gear (though amphibious floatplanes can have repositionable gear)

Cannot exceed: two occupants, takeoff weight of 1320lbs (seaplanes 1,430lbs), speed of 120 knots at maximum power, clean stall speed of 45 knots

Someone who becomes certified to fly Light Sport Aircraft, but not general aviation aircraft is a Sport Pilot. Becoming a Sport Pilot empowers flying fanatics to learn to fly and gain access to aircraft in half the time for half the cost of previous alternatives.

 

How do I earn a sport pilot certificate?

EAA states that one must:

  • Be at least 16 to become a student sport pilot and at least 17 to test for a sport pilot certificate
  • Be able to understand, read, write, and speak English.
  • “Hold a current and valid U.S. driver’s license as evidence of medical eligibility (provided the FAA didn’t deny, revoke, or suspend your last medical certificate application). Alternatively, you can also use a third class airman’s medical to establish medical fitness”.
  • Pass an FAA sport pilot knowledge test and sport pilot practical (flight) test after completing 20 hours of flight time.

 

What are the Benefits of a Light Sport Certi

  • Not only for personal travel: you can make money by leasing your LSA to schools for pilot training
  • Co-ownership
  • No medical needed
  • Private pilot can fly LSA
  • Can train for LS certificate and get private later

 

LSA informative websites you can rely on:

AOPA : How to become a Sport Pilot

EAA LSA Info

FAA LSA Info

 

12 Responses to LSA Info

  1. Alan Bortree says:

    Do you rent LSA

    • Amy Minnich says:

      Yes, we provide instruction and rental. We also maintain a list of fight schools. Please let us know where you are located so we can refer you to the nearest flight school that provide instruction and rental on Evektor aircraft.

  2. Alan Bortree says:

    I am located near Belllefontaine ,Ohio. About 45 minutes from you. That is close enough for me. Is there any place closer to me?

    • Amy Minnich says:

      If you are looking to buy an Evektor Aircraft or need parts, we are the closest. If you are looking for flight instruction using a SportStar, Spencer Aviation in Delaware, Oh is closer by about ten minutes according to google. Though you may want to MapQuest the distance from your address to have a more accurate estimate.

  3. Carey Kimmel says:

    Looking for the closest school for LSA in my area. French Lick, Indiana

  4. Steve McNew says:

    Steve or Amy – How do I go about getting a driver’s license LS license? I have a 3rd class medical, but am put off by the expensive work that the FAA wants done annually, now. Pretty pricey, for my insurance. Thanks, Steve

    • Amy Minnich says:

      Steve,

      The short answer is that as long as you’ve never been denied a medical, or had a special issuance withdrawn, you merely start flying under Light Sport Privileges with your PPL including using a sport pilot eligible aircraft,no more than one passengers, operate day VFR (3 statute miles visibility and visual contact with the ground), fly no higher than 10,000ft MSL, or 2000ft AGL whichever is higher…etc (I linked the privileges and limitations below). This all assumes you can meet the stipulation that you can safely command the airplane and know of no reason you would be denied a medical. Longer explanations are available on the web including:

      Sport-pilot-limitations-and-privileges from EAA

      AOPA Brief on final Sport Pilot Rule

      EAA summary existing pilots exercising sport privileges

      I hope this helps, please let me know if you have any other questions.

      Best Regards,
      Steve Minnich
      Dreams Come True Aviation LLC
      http://www.midwestsportplanes.com

  5. RON LUTKE says:

    i AM ELDERLY; i HAVE A PPL SE/L, VFR (PREV PASSED IFR WRITTEN), BUT HAVE NOT FLOWN FOR MANY YRS, BUT WOULD LIKE TO GET BACK IN THE COCKPIT. I AM INTERESTED IN THE SPORTSTAR RTC. I LIVE IN THE ST. CHARLES MO. AREA (i AM CURRENTLY WORKING OUT OF STATE). i WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO BUILD THE A/C AND WAS WONDERING WHO BUILDS YOURS, OR WHO BUILDS FOR OTHER FLT SCHOOLS? WHAT IS NORMAL ‘SOP’ FOR THIS SITUATION; DO i HAVE AN OPTION OR ALTERNATIVE? THANK YOU FOR YOU ASSISTANCE AND RESPONSE.

    • Amy Minnich says:

      Hi Ron,

      This is Amy Minnich with Dreams Come True Aviation, LLC. Thank you for leaving a comment on our website.

      To be used in a flight school, the airplane must be factory build and registered as a SLSA (Special Light Sport Aircraft). The airplanes are built and test flown in Kunovice, Czech Republic. Then the plane is disassembled only enough to be packaged in a freight container and sent by sea to the US where it is reassembled by trained Mechanics who are also representatives for Evektor.

      The Sport Star RTC is a specific equipment package that meets certification requirements for the European Market. An Airplane with the same equipment as an RTC in the USA is called a SportStar MAX. You do not have to have the same equipment; the equipment package can be tailored to fit your needs. For example, both analogue and glass panels are available. We also have 3 used/demo planes that are for sale.

      Please let me know if you would like the latest pricing sheet or information on the planes that are for sale.

      Best Regards,
      Amy Minnich

  6. Chris Kuczmarski says:

    Interested in sport piloting here in the near future, always been fastenated in flying. My question Is flight instruction and training included with a purchase of a new or used aircraft if we have not had any previous to purchasing an aircraft?

    • Amy Minnich says:

      Hi Chris,

      We include 5 hours of transition training with the the purchase of a new aircraft. The instruction can be used as instructor or pilot transition training. Before any transition training, you must have a current pilot endorsement such as your sport or private pilot license. Your pilot license is not bought with the plane, but can be earned in your own plane. If you do not know of a flight school around you, please let us know so we may help you find one.

      The only other flight instruction you must receive is determined by your insurance company. Typically the buyers insurance company will require an instructor to receive a minimum of 1 hr of transition training & a private pilot to receive a minimum of 4 hours transition training. Check with your insurance company to learn about your requirements.

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