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Prospect of Light Sport gross weight increase???

 
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davet



Joined: 02 Dec 2005
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Location: Indiana, Trafalgar

PostPosted: Sun Apr 02, 2006 10:39 pm    Post subject: Prospect of Light Sport gross weight increase??? Reply with quote

I have noticed several airplanes for sale over the past several months that included the phrase "future Light Sport Aircraft". These were Cessna 150 size aircraft.

Is there any discussion re. increasing gross weight requirements? The program is great, and they had to have a line somewhere but it seems a higher gross would have included some very safe "domestic" aircraft with "real" airplane engines and time proven construction methods, not to mention being more stable in a breeze.
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smokiescfi



Joined: 24 Jan 2006
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Location: Perry, Gerogia

PostPosted: Fri May 12, 2006 8:04 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Most of the new LSAs are time proven designs and do have "real" aircraft engines, they are just new to us in this country. I have had the good fortune to fly several new certified LSAs and they have better performance, and more modern equipment than the C-172s I teach in everyday.
The gross weight is unlikely to go up as the current rule weight is actually higher than what was expected. It has been speculated that AOPA would use a good Sport Pilot track record to push for no medicals for Private Pilots, though FAA ( and more importantly, insurance companies) has clearly resisted.
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