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Questions tagged [light-sport-aircraft]

Light Sport aircraft are simple aircraft, generally limited to two seats, a maximum gross weight of 600kg (1320lbs), and a single piston-powered engine driving a propeller, which may be operated by a pilot holding a Sport Pilot certificate or higher.

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On acquiring an aircraft for my own PPL training and later use [closed]

I know that this matter has already been discussed in several other questions but the aircraft under consideration were almost exclusively Piper Warriors or a Cessna 172s which are 40 year old designs ...
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Does a flight training company need to make a copy of my driver's license?

I want to get a Sport Pilot license, but the company that will train me wants to make a copy of my driver's license. I don't mind showing it, but is a copy required?
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What are the advantages of the Cri-Cri's tail and fuselage design?

I have some questions regarding the Cri-Cri design. If some of them can't be answered directly, I would like to read what theory says about it. Why is a T-tail used? What are its advantages for an ...
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Why does the FAA SPL require different endorsements depending on cruise speed?

Part 61 section §61.327 requires that sport pilots require separate endorsements for aircraft with a VH below 87 KCAS and aircraft above 87 KCAS. What is the reason for two separate endorsements and ...
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Why did Cessna use a new design for the C162, instead of updating the C150 design?

As I stare at the ceiling unable to fall asleep, airplanes are on my mind. Failed airplanes. Specifically: the Cessna 162. I understand that Cessna perceived a need for a two seat trainer. The CEO ...
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Can one become a CFI with a sport license?

Under FAA can a sport pilot get a cfi endorsement for LSA category only? If so do they need a medical? Same questions for glider pilots.
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Why do fabric skin constructions not show up much in larger single piston aircraft?

I noticed that many ultra-lights use fabric skin but are not seen much in GA aircraft, especially compared to carbon fiber? Many skin makers advertise that it can handle that sort of weight. Is this ...
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Upgrading a Sport license to a Private license - is a new student license necessary to solo non-LSA aircraft?

I hold a sport pilot certificate and a valid third class medical. I'm pursuing a private pilot certificate and receiving training in C172's and C182's, though I also have access to a C162. I was ...
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Under what conditions may a colorblind pilot fly a Light Sport Aircraft legally?

Are pilots of Light Sport Aircraft within the FAA's jurisdiction required to have color vision? Do colorblind LSA pilots have to take the Operational Color Vision Test (OCVT)? Without the requirement ...
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Are there any future regulations planned for electric multi-motor LSAs?

It seems with electric control of the multi engine configuration, such as with NASA's new leap tech technology, that there should be a way to use multiple motors in the LSA category. Is there anything ...
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What is the current state of regulation regarding VTOL aircraft in the LSA category?

With quite a few concept designs in progress, I am curious what the current FAA regulations are regarding vertical takeoff and landing vehicles in the light sport aircraft category.
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I hold both a Sport Pilot License and a Student Pilot certificate. Can I do my BFR in a C-172?

FAR § 61.56.(c).(1) states that every two years I must have Accomplished a flight review given in an aircraft for which that pilot is rated by an authorized instructor. The answer to my question ...
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Is Sonex a good trainer plane? [closed]

Hello I am thinking about buying a Sonex to start to learn how to fly. I want to know, if it is a good plane to learn in?
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Why do some light sport aircraft have clipped wings?

Light sport aircraft may have a max airspeed in level flight at MCP of 120kts. I have heard that there are some light sport aircraft that have had their wings clipped in order to have a lower cruise ...
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How safe is the Certified Rotax 912 versus the Continental O-200?

I'm thinking of buying a taildragger LSA, many of which have a Rotax engine. Continental and Lycoming are the major suppliers of certified piston aircraft engines, and they are considered to be safe ...
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Have there been instances where a LSA manufacturer has been audited?

In theory, the authority to approve an LSA manufacturer and design has the right to audit their testing and work. What I'm interested in how often does this happen in practice, and whether there have ...
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Are there any LSA aircraft that can be flown IFR in IMC?

Are there any LSA aircraft that are IFR certified? A LSA would be the perfect private commuter plane for an instrument rated private pilot. If not, what are the most cost effective airplanes that are ...
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Experiences with LiFePO4 starter batteries in light aircraft or motorized gliders? [closed]

I am interested in real-life experiences to do with using LiFePO4 batteries in light aircraft and motorized gliders compared to standard PbA ones. LiFePO4 seem to be a very attractive alternative to ...
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How to land a sports plane with tailwind?

Let's say we have a Cessna 150 or some other lightweight two seater and no chance to land with head wind for whatever reason. We're trying to land with a constant tailwind of 7 knots. I would try to ...
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What is needed to operate a LSA aircraft at night?

As a PPL holder in the USA, what do I need to have on the aircraft (or otherwise?) in order to be able to legally fly at night? LSAs are much cheaper to operate, so it looks very tempting in order to ...