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Light Sport Aircraft (LSA)

USA flag U.S. category introduced in 2004 under the FAA. LSA is similar to the Canada flag Canadian advanced ultralight category. There is a new CS-LSA category in EU flag European Union, which is simillar to the US E-LSA.

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

Licence needed for LSA flying

Pilot must own a 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
  • 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

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These airplanes might be Light sport aircraft - LSA eligible

Laron Star Streak

EW:400 lbs (181 kg)
MTOW:900 lbs (408 kg)
Vs0:35 mph (56 kph)
Vc:120 mph (193 kph)
Laron Star Streak

Colomban Cri Cri

EW:160 lbs (73 kg)
MTOW:380 lbs (172 kg)
Vs0:43 mph (69 kph)
Vc:115 mph (185 kph)
Colomban Cri Cri

Warner Aerocraft Sportster

EW:817 lbs (371 kg)
MTOW:1320 lbs (599 kg)
Vs0:48 mph (77 kph)
Vc:115 mph (185 kph)
Warner Aerocraft Sportster

Gardan CAB GY-20 Minicab

EW:595 lbs (270 kg)
MTOW:1058 lbs (480 kg)
Vs0:43 mph (69 kph)
Vc:112 mph (180 kph)
Gardan CAB GY-20 Minicab

Lobb Falco 95

EW:595 lbs (270 kg)
MTOW:992 lbs (450 kg)
Vs0:39 mph (61 kph)
Vc:112 mph (180 kph)
Lobb Falco 95

Nicollier Menestrel II

EW:650 lbs (295 kg)
MTOW:1124 lbs (510 kg)
Vs0:44 mph (71 kph)
Vc:112 mph (180 kph)
Nicollier Menestrel II

TEENIE TWO

EW:310 lbs (141 kg)
MTOW:550 lbs (249 kg)
Vs0:48 mph (77 kph)
Vc:110 mph (177 kph)
DCS, Inc. TEENIE TWO

THE MINICOUPE

EW:497 lbs (225 kg)
MTOW:850 lbs (386 kg)
Vs0:48 mph (77 kph)
Vc:110 mph (177 kph)
DCS, Inc. THE MINICOUPE

Spring WS-202 Sprint

EW:650 lbs (295 kg)
MTOW:1130 lbs (513 kg)
Vs0:38 mph (61 kph)
Vc:110 mph (177 kph)
Spring WS-202 Sprint

3xtrim 450 ultra

EW:694 lbs (315 kg)
MTOW:1041 lbs (472 kg)
Vs0:39 mph (63 kph)
Vc:109 mph (175 kph)
3xtrim 450 ultra

Jodel D18 UL

EW:518 lbs (235 kg)
MTOW:1014 lbs (460 kg)
Vs0:37 mph (60 kph)
Vc:109 mph (175 kph)
Jodel D18 UL

Tomas Podesva Trener Baby

EW:653 lbs (296 kg)
MTOW:1041 lbs (472 kg)
Vs0:40 mph (64 kph)
Vc:109 mph (175 kph)
Tomas Podesva Trener Baby

3xtrim 550 TRENER

EW:728 lbs (330 kg)
MTOW:1213 lbs (550 kg)
Vs0:42 mph (68 kph)
Vc:106 mph (171 kph)
3xtrim 550 TRENER

Tomas Podesva Chico

EW:0 lbs (0 kg)
MTOW:0 lbs (0 kg)
Vs0:37 mph (60 kph)
Vc:106 mph (171 kph)
Tomas Podesva Chico

Zlin Aviation Savage classic

EW:635 lbs (288 kg)
MTOW:1235 lbs (560 kg)
Vs0:36 mph (58 kph)
Vc:106 mph (171 kph)
Zlin Aviation Savage classic

Zlin Aviation Savage cruiser

EW:640 lbs (290 kg)
MTOW:1234 lbs (560 kg)
Vs0:38 mph (61 kph)
Vc:106 mph (171 kph)
Zlin Aviation Savage cruiser

PIK 26 Mini Sytky

EW:317 lbs (144 kg)
MTOW:551 lbs (250 kg)
Vs0:39 mph (63 kph)
Vc:105 mph (169 kph)
PIK 26 Mini Sytky

Luscombe 8A

EW:750 lbs (340 kg)
MTOW:1261 lbs (572 kg)
Vs0:43 mph (69 kph)
Vc:105 mph (169 kph)
Luscombe 8A

Ace Aircraft Junior Ace Model E

EW:645 lbs (293 kg)
MTOW:1100 lbs (499 kg)
Vs0:45 mph (72 kph)
Vc:105 mph (169 kph)
Ace Aircraft Junior Ace Model E

Meteor SpA Sky Arrow 450T

EW:638 lbs (289 kg)
MTOW:990 lbs (449 kg)
Vs0:38 mph (61 kph)
Vc:104 mph (167 kph)
Meteor SpA Sky Arrow 450T
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