LIGHT SPORT AIRCRAFT
A lightsport aircraft (LSA)is a new category of small, lightweight aircraft that are simple to fly and used for sport or hobby flying or personal transportation means. LSA’s are heavier and more sophisticated than Ultralight or microlight aircraft, but LSA restrictions on weight and performance separates the category from established General Aviation aircraft.
FAA Light Sport Aircraft The FAA defines a light sport aircraft as an aircraft, other than a helicopter, that since its original certification, has continued to meet the following:
- Max. Gross Take- off Weight not to exceed 600 kg or for seaplanes 650 kg
- Max. Stall Speed: 45 knots (83 kph / 52 mph) Calibrated Air Speed
- Max. Speed in Level Flight (at sea level) 120 knots (220 kph/140 mph)
- Calibrated Air Speed
- Max. number of Seats -2 5 Max. Engines -1
- Propeller – Fixed-pitch or ground adjustable
- Cabin -non-pressurised
- Fixed-pitch, two-blade rotor system, if a gyroplane.
- Landing Gear: Fixed.
A light sport aircraft can be imported in the country from USA or Canada provided R&D division of the DGCA accept the aircraft standard and issue it a type acceptance certificate. A Sport Pilot licence is essential to operate a LSA and it to qualify for the same needs almost the same standard as a Private Pilots Licence.
LSA category has recently been Inducted in the country and rules and regulations have been defined to enable import and operation. All the Airplanes in the USA, Canada or UK, which are registered as LSA qualify for import provided documents for Type acceptance are submitted to DGCA,