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Why do fabric skin constructions not show up much in larger single engine piston aircraft?

This answer assumes that "GA" means "little piston planes." Aluminum (or non-fabric) aircraft tend to "hold up" better against the elements. I would not store a Stinson 108 outdoors but would not ...
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Why do fabric skin constructions not show up much in larger single engine piston aircraft?

This should be understood as a supplement to @acpilot's excellent answer. All his points are valid and correct, and I just want to add a few more. Fabric covering is easy to build and hard to ...
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Does a flight training company need to make a copy of my driver's license?

According to 49 CFR 1552.3 a flight school is required to keep a copy of the documents used to provide proof of citizenship for five years. This is usually a passport or birth certificate. A driver's ...
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What is the reason Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) minimum speed is limited?

The FAA mandates a maximum to the stall speed, not a minimum. The minimum speed must not be higher than a given value. The minimum speed is limited in order to reduce the risk and severity of ...
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Does a flight training company need to make a copy of my driver's license?

A driver's license does not establish citizenship, but does establish identity for TSA. TSA has records requirements which instructors and schools must follow for flight training customers. Normally ...
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Upgrading a Sport license to a Private license - is a new student license necessary to solo non-LSA aircraft?

You do not need to get another student pilot certificate. The endorsement you need is not for student pilots. A.72 To act as pilot in command of an aircraft in solo operations when the pilot does ...
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Are Light Sport Aircraft: Certified, Experimental or a third separate category?

Light Sport is not Experimental, (which includes amateur homebuilt aircraft, warbirds, etc.) it is a category of its own within the broader group of Certified aircraft. So it's not really a "...
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How long would the engine of a Tecnam P92 Eaglet run for with the fuel selectors turned off?

It comes down to the fuel volume in the gascolator, lines, pumps, and float chambers of the Bing carburetors the Rotax 912 uses. Without knowing the precise numbers, we can make an educated guess. So ...
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Can one become a CFI with a sport license?

Yes. FAR 61.403. To be eligible for a flight instructor certificate with a sport pilot rating you must: (a) Be at least 18 years old. (b) Be able to read, speak, write, and ...
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Why did Cessna use a new design for the C162, instead of updating the C150 design?

I think there are a couple reasons: 1) Weight, and 2) the Type Certificate. For #1, the original C-150 is roughly 100 lbs too heavy (in empty weight). That's a bit over a 10% reduction, which is ...
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What is the reason Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) minimum speed is limited?

The FAA’s regulations (14 CFR 1.1, “light sport aircraft”, paragraph 4) require a stall speed no higher than 45kt (51mph) for a plane to be certified as a Light Sport Aircraft. This is a maximum value,...
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Why would the propeller of a lightsport plane or ultralight w/ Rotax engine be connected to the engine through a clutch, and not turn at low rpm?

Centrifugal clutches are mainly used to provide a compliant connection between the engine and prop to absorb power pulse peaks, as well as allow the engine to be automatically disconnected from the ...
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Current Status of MOSAIC

MOSAIC received a lot more public feedback than many NPRMs, so it is not surprising that it is taking longer. As far as I know, no timeline for the final rule has been announced publicly. A spokesman ...
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My medical cert is expired and can I fly as a sport pilot?

If his last medical expired valid before July 2006, it’s now like he has never had one at all. (A denial or revocation would be different.) However, if he does not believe he could pass a medical exam ...
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With the new MOSAIC rule, would it allow for me to operate my Cessna 172 as an LSA and install experimental avionics?

No. Under the proposed rulemaking, a sport pilot may act as pilot in command of an aircraft that fits the restrictions (54 KCAS, etc.), but your 172 will still have a standard airworthiness ...
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With the new MOSAIC rule, would it allow for me to operate my Cessna 172 as an LSA and install experimental avionics?

The short answer is a qualified "maybe." The heart of MOSAIC is that they're not going to base a 'yes a sport pilot can fly it' rule on aircraft type or equipment package. They're going to ...
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On acquiring an aircraft for my own PPL training and later use

Is it possible? Sure. But there are pitfalls you need to be aware of... First, you may find it difficult to find financing for a new(er) aircraft especially if you are still a student, and especially ...
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What is the current state of regulation regarding VTOL aircraft in the LSA category?

The FAA term for VTOL [other than helicopters and lighter-than-air craft] is "Powered Lift". Also of note, gyroplanes by nature may be able to land vertical but cannot takeoff vertical so are not VTOL....
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Why would the propeller of a lightsport plane or ultralight w/ Rotax engine be connected to the engine through a clutch, and not turn at low rpm?

In addition to xxavier's answer, a clutch makes it easier to maually start the engine (without the prop load) and easier to idle (for the same reason). There is also a safety benefit as well: If you ...
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Why would the propeller of a lightsport plane or ultralight w/ Rotax engine be connected to the engine through a clutch, and not turn at low rpm?

If I remember correctly, the 4-stroke Rotax engines include a sliding clutch to protect the crankshaft from shocks in case the prop accidentally contacts the ground.
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How can a glider pilot add sport pilot privileges?

The short answer is no. You can get student pilot privileges with only a CFI endorsement for a new Category and Class. You would not have Sport Pilot privileges, though. The regs for Sport Pilot ...
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Flight Design CTSW vs Cessna 162 (Light Sport Airplanes)

Don't have any personal experience, but having been around GA since the mid 70s, and looking them over, the CSTW wins hands down. To have any kind of utility a 2 seater must have more than a 500lb ...
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What are the advantages of the Cri-Cri's tail and fuselage design?

The T-tail positions the horizontal stabilizer out of the turbulent "prop wash". This reduces the strength and weight that would be required of the structure if it had to endure the aerodynamic ...
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Why does the FAA SPL require different endorsements depending on cruise speed?

When looking at the rules on ecfr.gov you will find references at the bottom of the paragraph indicating the Amendment, Federal Register notices, and other documents related to the rule. In this ...
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Are there any future regulations planned for electric multi-motor LSAs?

Light-Sport is a category for pilot certification and flight rules. The aircraft themselves are simply part 23 normal category risk classification level one, low speed. Part 23 was fully rewritten ...
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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?

As mentioned above, but hard to see - once you pass any check ride and you are a pilot (sport, recreation, private, commercial or airline transport) so no longer a Student Pilot. You are a Pilot; ...
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How safe is the Certified Rotax 912 versus the Continental O-200?

Ron Wanttaja wrote an article about the subject in December 2022, analyzing accidents in the Experimental/Amateur-built category in the United States, based on the FAA accident database. I know that ...
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Are there any LSA aircraft that can be flown IFR in IMC?

Yes. Bristell has provided a legal path for this in the US. The aircraft must be certificated as an ELSA, not an SLSA, and all the other IFR requirements must be met. https://generalaviationnews.com/...
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How to land a sports plane with tailwind?

It's not a huge problem if the wind is not too strong and there is plenty of runway. Ignore perceptions of groundspeed and land normally according to airspeed. I've conducted some experiments that ...
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How to land a sports plane with tailwind?

The major problem with landing light aircraft, especially tail draggers with no steerable nose wheel,and tailwind component,is the lack of control when roll-out speed drops to that component or below. ...
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