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Aviation for Any Interest

Our love for aviation shows itself in different ways. Whatever sparks your obsession, EAA will help you chase it with everything we’ve got.

Ultralight flying represents one of the fastest and purest ways to experience the joys of aviation. From powered-parachutes and trikes to traditional fixed wings and even amphibians and rotorcraft, ultralights are fun, exciting, and in most cases, remarkably affordable. Flying ultralights is not a step up or down, but a step into a completely different and exciting sector of the flying community.

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In the U.S., flying an ultralight doesn't require a license or a medical certificate of any kind, providing the aircraft meets the Federal Aviation Regulation called Part 103. Part 103 defines an ultralight as an aircraft that meets the following criteria:



Max. Empty Weight (Powered Aircraft)

254 lbs

Max. Empty Weight (Unpowered Aircraft)

155 lbs

Max. Fuel Capacity

5 Gallons

Max. Speed @ Full Power

55 knots

Max. Stall Speed (Power Off)

24 knots

If the aircraft has more than 1-seat or exceeds any of the above criteria, it's not an ultralight, and thus not eligible for operation under Part 103.

These are the legal rules by which we fly; they are the most lenient in the world. These privileges, however, carry responsibilities: while there are no specific legal requirements, ultralight pilots must be trained just like any other pilot.

Getting Started

Register as an ultralight student or pilot and discover the types of ultralights you can have fun in!

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EAA members have access to aviation experts and advice for their ultralights and ultralight projects.

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Find An Ultralight Chapter

EAA Ultralight Chapters bring together people of all ages and backgrounds with an interest in Ultralight flight. Find a chapter near you today!

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Ultralight & LSA Council

Serving the needs of and representing EAA members involved in ultralight and light sport aviation.

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Watch and learn from inspiring videos of ultralights and light sport aviation.

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Ultralights at AirVenture

See all the ultralight, LSA, and homebuilt rotorcraft activity in store for you at Oshkosh!

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Something Special About Ultralights

There's something special about the Ultralight Area at AirVenture. And EAA's John Nicholson finds there's something special about the people who fly ultralights too.

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