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USA flag Ultralight aircraft in the USA

The category is known also as "Part 103 ultraligtht" (based on a chapter in FAR).

Requiremnets for an aircraft to be an "ultralight" in USA:

  • Single seat
  • Empty weight: 155 lb (unpowered) or 254 lb (powered) excluding floats or safety devices
  • Fuel capacity: max 5 U.S. gallons
  • Top speed: 63 mph at full throttle at straight level flight
  • Power off stall speed: 28 mph

Advantages of ultralights in USA

There are several advantages for homebuilders when keeping aircraft in limits of part 103 ultralight category. First, the airplanes dont have to be registred or inspected or have any standarts. Second, the pilot does not have to hold any pilot licence or medical, although it is very encouraged to have a pilot training to fly an aircraft.

References

[1] USUA

Example of an ultralight aircraft

JDT Mini-Max 1030F

JDT Mini-Max 1030F MAX-103

These airplanes might be Ultralight aircraft - USA category eligible

Nieuport 11

EW:254 lbs (115 kg)
MTOW:550 lbs (249 kg)
Vs0:27 mph (43 kph)
Vc:80 mph (129 kph)
Circa Reproductions  Nieuport 11

Hummel Aviation UltraCrusier

EW:115 lbs (52 kg)
MTOW:227 lbs (103 kg)
Vs0:25 mph (40 kph)
Vc:80 mph (129 kph)
Hummel Aviation UltraCrusier

Affordaplane Aircraft Co. Affordaplane

EW:254 lbs (115 kg)
MTOW:540 lbs (245 kg)
Vs0:27 mph (43 kph)
Vc:65 mph (105 kph)
Affordaplane Aircraft Co. Affordaplane

Hy-Tek Hurricane 103 Ultralight

EW:252 lbs (114 kg)
MTOW:525 lbs (238 kg)
Vs0:26 mph (42 kph)
Vc:64 mph (103 kph)
Hy-Tek Hurricane 103 Ultralight

Fisher Flying Products Avenger

EW:250 lbs (113 kg)
MTOW:600 lbs (272 kg)
Vs0:28 mph (45 kph)
Vc:60 mph (97 kph)
Fisher Flying Products Avenger

JDT Mini-Max 1030F MAX-103

EW:250 lbs (113 kg)
MTOW:500 lbs (227 kg)
Vs0:26 mph (42 kph)
Vc:55 mph (89 kph)
JDT Mini-Max 1030F MAX-103

JDT Mini-Max 1100F Mini-Max

EW:237 lbs (108 kg)
MTOW:560 lbs (254 kg)
Vs0:27 mph (43 kph)
Vc:55 mph (89 kph)
JDT Mini-Max 1100F Mini-Max

Weedhopper 40

EW:250 lbs (113 kg)
MTOW:550 lbs (249 kg)
Vs0:20 mph (32 kph)
Vc:55 mph (89 kph)
Weedhopper 40

Fisher Flying Products FP-505

EW:250 lbs (113 kg)
MTOW:500 lbs (227 kg)
Vs0:26 mph (42 kph)
Vc:55 mph (89 kph)
Fisher Flying Products FP-505

Fisher Flying Products FP-606

EW:250 lbs (113 kg)
MTOW:500 lbs (227 kg)
Vs0:26 mph (42 kph)
Vc:55 mph (89 kph)
Fisher Flying Products FP-606

Joplin 1/2 Tun

EW:250 lbs (113 kg)
MTOW:550 lbs (249 kg)
Vs0:24 mph (39 kph)
Vc:54 mph (87 kph)
Joplin 1/2 Tun

Weedhopper Deluxe

EW:252 lbs (114 kg)
MTOW:502 lbs (228 kg)
Vs0:22 mph (35 kph)
Vc:49 mph (79 kph)
Weedhopper Deluxe

Wings of Freedom Flitplane

EW:249 lbs (113 kg)
MTOW:500 lbs (227 kg)
Vs0:26 mph (42 kph)
Vc:49 mph (79 kph)
Wings of Freedom Flitplane

Fisher Flying Products FP-303

EW:235 lbs (107 kg)
MTOW:450 lbs (204 kg)
Vs0:25 mph (40 kph)
Vc:45 mph (72 kph)
Fisher Flying Products FP-303

Raceair Skylite

EW:240 lbs (109 kg)
MTOW:525 lbs (238 kg)
Vs0:27 mph (43 kph)
Vc:45 mph (72 kph)
Raceair Skylite

Bagalini Bagaliante

EW:242 lbs (110 kg)
MTOW:407 lbs (185 kg)
Vs0:26 mph (42 kph)
Vc:37 mph (60 kph)
Bagalini Bagaliante

Weedhopper C Model

EW:160 lbs (73 kg)
MTOW:380 lbs (172 kg)
Vs0:22 mph (35 kph)
Vc:30 mph (48 kph)
Weedhopper C Model
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