Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) is the newest and fastest growing segment of American aviation. Introduced only a few years ago, it has allowed for more people to become pilots in shorter period of time, spending slightly less money, and enjoying the sport the pure and simple way.
Many of our club members own and fly light sport aircraft. See our photos section to view some of the planes currently owned and flown by club members. Some of these were ultralights transitioned several years back with the implementation of new government rules, while others were experimental aircraft that meet the guidelines allowing for use by a Sport Pilot, and a few are production aircraft specifically built for this category.
The FAA has defined light-sport aircraft as simple-to-operate, easy-to-fly aircraft that, since initial certification, has continued to meet the following performance definition:
In addition to fixed-wing airplanes, the definition of a light-sport aircraft also includes powered parachutes, weight-shift control aircraft (i.e., Trikes), balloons, airships, gliders and gyroplanes. For more information on the definition of a light-sport aircraft, click here.
Any aircraft that meets the definition of a light-sport aircraft as called out in FAR Part 1.1 is eligible to be operated by a sport pilot. These aircraft can be certificated in any category, such as standard, experimental amateur-built, experimental exhibition, experimental light-sport aircraft (E-LSA), or special light-sport aircraft (S-LSA).
Related topics: What is a Light-Sport Aircraft? | Special Light-Sport Aircraft listing | Standard Category Aircraft Listing | Experimental Light-Sport Aircraft (E-LSA) | Converting an Ultralight (UL) Aircraft to an E-LSA | E-LSA Conversion Kit | Find a DAR (Designated Airworthiness Representative) | Experimental Amateur-Built Aircraft | Light-Sport Aircraft (LSA) Maintenance Requirements | Sport Pilot/Light-Sport Aircraft Insurance | Light Aircraft and Manufacturer’s Association (LAMA)