Searchable Light Aviation Database

Light aircraft categories

Ultralight, light sport or microlight aircraft have different rules by country. The categories are in many parameters the same, but there is a list of main light aircraft categories in USA, Canada, Europe, Australia and India.

Main categories for light sport or ultralight aircraft

LSA - Light sport aircraft

Ultralight aircraft

Comparison of categories

  Empty weight Gross weight Stall speed Cruise speed Practical wing area # of seats Engine power Fuel capacity
Light sport aircraft
USA flag USA light sport aircraft category    < 1320 lb  < 51 mph  < 138 mph    < 2    
Canada flag Canadian advanced ultalight category  

< 770 lb (single place)

< 1232 lb (two place)

 < 45 mph      < 2    
EU flag European E-LSA category  < 771 lb  < 1320 lb  < 51 mph    > 118.4 sqft  < 2    
Australia flag Australia light sport aircraft category    < 1323 lb  < 52 mph      < 2    
Ultralights
Canada flag Canadian basic ultralight category    < 1200 lb  < 45 mph      < 2 (passenger must have pilot licence)    
USA flag USA ultralight category  < 254 lb    < 28 mph      1    < 5 U.S. Gallons
EU flag Europe ultralight category  

 < 661 (single place)

< 992 lb (two place)

< 1041 lb (two place with BRS)

 < 40 mph      < 2    
Australia flag Australia ultralight category    < 1199 lb  < 52 mph      < 2