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.

Light Sport aircraft are simple aircraft which may be operated by a pilot holding a Sport Pilot certificate or higher.

The specific regulations governing what constitutes a "Light Sport Aircraft" vary slightly from jurisdiction to jurisdiction. In the United States some of the requirements for an airplane (land) to qualify as a Light Sport aircraft are as follows:

  • A maximum takeoff weight of not more than 1,320 pounds (600 kilograms)
  • A maximum airspeed in level flight with maximum continuous power (VH) of not more than 120 knots CAS under standard atmospheric conditions at sea level.
  • A maximum stalling speed of not more than 45 knots CAS at the aircraft's maximum certificated takeoff weight.
  • A maximum seating capacity of two persons, including the pilot.
  • A single, reciprocating engine
  • A fixed-pitch propeller or ground-adjustable propeller
  • A nonpressurized cabin, if equipped with a cabin.
  • Fixed landing gear

Note that this is not a complete list of FAA requirements, and that regulations for light-sport aircraft (or their equivalent) in other countries may vary.