EAA is working to build on the progress of the last decade by revisiting the definition of light sport aircraft. In 2004 the FAA developed the Light Sport Category with help from EAA. Currently, aircraft certified under this category must have a maximum gross weight of no more than 1,320 pounds (or 1,430 pounds for seaplanes), maintain a maximum calibrated airspeed in level flight with maximum continuous power of no more than 120 knots, contain two seats or fewer, and be considered non-complex among other requirements.
The light sport segment has proven to be incredibly successful, and EAA is exploring how to unlock the true potential of the category. EAA is engaging with appropriate FAA officials to explore multiple paths for potential light sport reform. Stay tuned to EAA advocacy news for updates on this key initiative.