A light sport aircraft, which is also called a light sport airplane (LSA), is a little airplane designed according to the specifications put in place by the civil aviation authority. The LSA airworthiness depend on certain standards in load and performance as set by the aviation authority in a particular country.
How small is a light sport airplane?
A light sport airplane should not exceed the designed seating capacity of two people, and this includes the pilot.
This aircraft, when intended to be used elsewhere other than on water, has 1,320 pounds limit takeoff weight. When meant to function on water, it has 1,430 pounds limit takeoff weight.
What is the performance of a light sport airplane?
It has a single-acting, reciprocating engine. When in level flight, the speed of a LSA does not exceed 120 knots Calibrated airspeed (CAS) with the highest uninterrupted power under ordinary atmospheric circumstances at sea-level. Stalling speed of a light sport airplane, without employment of lift-enhancers, should not go beyond 45 knots Calibrated airspeed (CAS) at the LSA’s highest certified takeoff weight or maximum take-off weight (MTOW) and most critical CG (center of gravity).
The light sport aircraft is one of the big boy toys that can be used both in the air and on the land. The pilot makes this transition effortlessly.
The aircraft may come with aerodynamic bumpers, fixed road safety lighting and permit plates, and an integrated Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) airport access system.
What are the challenges of flying a light sport airplane?
When you switch from a standard-class aircraft to a light sport airplane, you will experience the LSA has less weather capability. Also, the dissimilar overall handling features can throw off-balance the unsuspecting pilot.
Other than that, light sport airplane provides the thrill and excitement that a big boy toy can offer in the air, on the ground, and perhaps on water, too!