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Light Sport Aircraft (LSA)

USA flag Mainly USA category introduced in 2004 under FAA. LSA is similar to Canada flag Canadian advanced ultralight category. There is a new E-LSA category in EU flag European Union, which is simillar to US E-LSA. It can be applied for homebuilding.

Basic definition of the category can be found on: What is a Light-Sport Aircraft? on sportpilot.org.

And final, complete definition of LSA.

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Basic parameters of Light Sport Aircraft 2:

  • MTOW: max. 1320lbs (600 kg)
  • Stall speed: max. 51 mph (75 km/h) clean (without use of flaps, can have flaps though)
  • Single normally apirated engine
  • Fixed propeller
  • Fixed landing gear
  • Max. cruising speed: 138 mph

Licence needed for LSA flying

Pilot must own sport pilot licence, which has following restrictions 1:

  • cant carry  more than one passenger
  • VFR day - daytime flight only (civil twilight is used to define day/night)
  • cant fly above 10,000 feet (3,000 m) MSL (sea level height) or 2,000 feet (610 m) AGL (above ground level), whichever is higher
  • No flight in any of the airspace classes that require radio communication (A, B, C, D) without first obtaining additional instruction and instructor endorsement

FAA certified LSA models

There is a list of FAA certified models.

References

[1] Pilot certification in the United States

[2] Sport pilot rule synopsis

Aircraft that might fit Light sport aircraft - LSA

MySky MSONE by MySky

MySky MSONE
  • Empty weight: 710 lbs (322 kg)
  • Gross weight: 1320 lbs (599 kg)
  • Stall speed: 44 mph (71 kph)
  • Cruise speed: 138 mph (222 kph)

Stall speed with 30 degrees flaps.

Atec 212 Solo by Atec

Atec 212 Solo
  • Empty weight: 441 lbs (200 kg)
  • Gross weight: 661 lbs (300 kg)
  • Stall speed: 40 mph (64 kph)
  • Cruise speed: 137 mph (220 kph)

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Onex by Sonex

Sonex Onex
  • Empty weight: 600 lbs (272 kg)
  • Stall speed: 45 mph (72 kph)
  • Cruise speed: 135 mph (217 kph)

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Atec Zephyr 122 by Atec

Atec Zephyr 122
  • Empty weight: 584 lbs (265 kg)
  • Gross weight: 1213 lbs (550 kg)
  • Stall speed: 40 mph (64 kph)
  • Cruise speed: 134 mph (216 kph)

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Cvjetkovic CA-65B by Cvjetkovic

Cvjetkovic CA-65B
  • Empty weight: 681 lbs (309 kg)
  • Gross weight: 1200 lbs (544 kg)
  • Stall speed: 49 mph (79 kph)
  • Cruise speed: 130 mph (209 kph)

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SA-3A Playboy by Stits

Stits SA-3A Playboy
  • Empty weight: 600 lbs (272 kg)
  • Gross weight: 902 lbs (409 kg)
  • Cruise speed: 130 mph (209 kph)

Sonex Sonex by Sonex

Sonex Sonex
  • Empty weight: 620 lbs (281 kg)
  • Gross weight: 1100 lbs (499 kg)
  • Stall speed: 40 mph (64 kph)
  • Cruise speed: 130 mph (209 kph)

Aveko VL-3 SPRINT by Aveko

Aveko VL-3 SPRINT
  • Empty weight: 630 lbs (286 kg)
  • Gross weight: 1040 lbs (472 kg)
  • Stall speed: 35 mph (55 kph)
  • Cruise speed: 130 mph (209 kph)

Claims to be worlds fastest ultralight aircraft (EU category).

Sonex Waiex by Sonex

Sonex Waiex
  • Empty weight: 625 lbs (283 kg)
  • Gross weight: 1100 lbs (499 kg)
  • Stall speed: 41 mph (66 kph)
  • Cruise speed: 130 mph (209 kph)

Asso Whisky IV by Asso

Asso Whisky IV
  • Empty weight: 622 lbs (282 kg)
  • Gross weight: 1058 lbs (480 kg)
  • Stall speed: 37 mph (60 kph)
  • Cruise speed: 130 mph (209 kph)

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Luceair Wittman Buttercup by Luceair

Luceair Wittman Buttercup
  • Empty weight: 790 lbs (358 kg)
  • Gross weight: 1300 lbs (590 kg)
  • Stall speed: 51 mph (82 kph)
  • Cruise speed: 130 mph (209 kph)

Millennium Master by Millennium

Millennium Master
  • Empty weight: 628 lbs (285 kg)
  • Gross weight: 992 lbs (450 kg)
  • Stall speed: 39 mph (63 kph)
  • Cruise speed: 128 mph (206 kph)

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Morgan Aeroworks Cheetah by Morgan Aeroworks

Morgan Aeroworks Cheetah
  • Empty weight: 573 lbs (260 kg)
  • Gross weight: 1199 lbs (544 kg)
  • Stall speed: 43 mph (69 kph)
  • Cruise speed: 127 mph (204 kph)

Aveko VL-3C-1 (LSA) by Aveko

Aveko VL-3C-1 (LSA)
  • Empty weight: 760 lbs (345 kg)
  • Gross weight: 1320 lbs (599 kg)
  • Stall speed: 51 mph (82 kph)
  • Cruise speed: 126 mph (203 kph)

LSA version of VL-3 aircraft.

Brandli BX2 Cherry by Brandli

Brandli BX2 Cherry
  • Gross weight: 1222 lbs (554 kg)
  • Cruise speed: 125 mph (201 kph)

Mooney Mite by Mooney

Mooney Mite
  • Empty weight: 500 lbs (227 kg)
  • Gross weight: 780 lbs (354 kg)
  • Stall speed: 45 mph (72 kph)
  • Cruise speed: 125 mph (201 kph)

M-2 Scout UL by Kubíček Aircraft

Kubíček Aircraft M-2 Scout UL
  • Empty weight: 650 lbs (295 kg)
  • Gross weight: 992 lbs (450 kg)
  • Stall speed: 40 mph (64 kph)
  • Cruise speed: 124 mph (200 kph)

Aerodynos de Colombia JA-177 Evolution II by Aerodynos de Colombia

Aerodynos de Colombia JA-177 Evolution II
  • Empty weight: 606 lbs (275 kg)
  • Gross weight: 1091 lbs (495 kg)
  • Stall speed: 36 mph (58 kph)
  • Cruise speed: 121 mph (195 kph)

Laron Star Streak by Laron

Laron Star Streak
  • Empty weight: 400 lbs (181 kg)
  • Gross weight: 900 lbs (408 kg)
  • Stall speed: 35 mph (56 kph)
  • Cruise speed: 120 mph (193 kph)

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Warner Aerocraft Sportster by Warner Aerocraft

Warner Aerocraft Sportster
  • Empty weight: 817 lbs (371 kg)
  • Gross weight: 1320 lbs (599 kg)
  • Stall speed: 48 mph (77 kph)
  • Cruise speed: 115 mph (185 kph)

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