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
- No medical needed
- Private pilot can fly LSA
- Can train for LS certificate and get private later
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