United States FAA Reviewing LSA Regulations

United States FAA Reviewing LSA Regulations

United States FAA Reviewing LSA Regulations

August 7, 2019 By Samuel Nixon
AOPA SPORT Editor BRIAN BIGG reports.
Big news is coming out of the US which could affect general and sport aviation all around the world, including Australia. There are reports the FAA is exploring a proposal...

Big news is coming out of the US which could affect general and sport aviation all around the world, including Australia.

There are reports the FAA is exploring a proposal to do away with the weight limit restrictions on the Light Sport Aircraft licence category and replacing them with performance limits.

The proposal being considered is to increase the weight limit for LSAs to 3,600 pounds, which would open up an entirely new market for bigger sport aircraft – possibly even four and six seaters.

Any change by the FAA will create a pathway for CASA to adopt the same regulations to take full advantage of the development of these new types.

It would also have an effect on the current medical standards currently in place in Australia.

AOPA Australia has requested a meeting with both US FAA and AOPA USA representatives to learn more about this exciting news.

More on this as it develops.



 

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AOPA Pilot Editor at Large Dave Hirschman joined AOPA in 2008. He has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates. Dave flies vintage, historical, and Experimental airplanes and specializes in tailwheel and aerobatic instruction.

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