United States FAA Reviewing LSA Regulations

United States FAA Reviewing LSA Regulations

United States FAA Reviewing LSA Regulations

August 7, 2019 By Brian Bigg
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.



 

Brian Bigg

Brian Bigg is one of Australia’s most experienced aviation journalists. He was the founding editor of Australian Pilot magazine for AOPA, the premier communication medium for general aviation in Australia. Several years later, he became the publisher and founding editor of Sport Pilot magazine, the largest circulation aviation magazine in Australia, with a monthly readership of 14,000. Brian trained in a Piper Tomahawk and flew Archers and Trinidads. Then he shifted to ultralights. He owns and flies an Atec Zephyr which is based at Camden in NSW. Brian remains one of the most passionate advocates for recreational flying in Australia.

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