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Sport Pilot Certificate / 
Light Sport Aircraft Category (LSA)

STOL CH 750 with the Jabiru 3300 engine installation

 

SPORT PILOT/LIGHT-SPORT AIRCRAFT RULE:
QUICK ANSWERS TO COMMON QUESTIONS

Summary of Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) Rule for Sport Pilots: A new class of simple-to-fly aircraft that meets the following definition:
 

Summary of the LSA rule (ZODIAC XL shown)
  • Maximum gross takeoff weight: 1,320 lbs.

  • Maximum stall speed: 51 mph (45 knots)
  • Maximum speed in level flight with maximum continuous power (Vh): 138 mph (120 knots)
  • Two-place maximum (pilot and one passenger); single, non-turbine engine, fixed or ground adjustable propeller, fixed landing gear.

Sport Pilot

The following from EAA is a collection of brief answers to some of the more common Sport Pilot questions:

Aircraft:

  • Non-LSA Aircraft: Holders of a sport pilot certificate may fly an aircraft with an existing airworthiness certificate if it meets the definition of a light-sport aircraft (such as weight and speeds).  For example, an amateur-built  STOL CH 701 or ZODIAC aircraft may be flown by a Sport Pilot since the aircraft meet the definition.
  • Can be factory-built under a new Special Light-Sport Aircraft (S-LSA) certification without FAR Part 23 compliance. Aircraft must meet consensus standards. Aircraft under this certification may be used for sport and recreation, flight training, and aircraft rental.
  • Can be licensed Experimental Light-Sport Aircraft (E-LSA) if it was kit- or plans-built and operated as an ultralight trainers. Aircraft must be transitioned to E-LSA category no later than January 31, 2008.
EAA Sport Pilot & Light-Sport Aircraft magazine, December 2006

The Zodiac Light Sport Aircraft (LSA), as featured on the cover of EAA Sport Pilot & Light-Sport Aircraft magazine.

The Zodiac... Have It Your Way.  Ready-to-fly, ready-to-build, or IFR capable
by Dan Johnson (pages 24 - 31, 12/06 issue).

The Sport Pilot rule:

  • Allow sport pilots to fly existing aircraft (standard airworthiness certificate) that meet the definition of a light-sport aircraft.
  • Creates a new student sport pilot certificate for operating any aircraft that meet the definition of a light-sport aircraft.
  • Creates a new sport pilot flight instructor certificate.
  • Requires FAA knowledge (written) and practical (flight) test.
  • Credits ultralight training and experience toward a sport pilot certificate.
  • Credits sport pilot flight time toward more advanced pilot ratings.
  • Requires either a 3rd class FAA medical certificate or a current and valid U.S. driver's license as evidence of medical eligibility (provided the individual does not have an official denial or revocation of medical eligibility on file with FAA).
  • Does not allow carrying passengers for compensation or hire
  • Allows sharing ("pro-rata") operating expenses with another pilot.
  • Allows daylight (civil twilight) flight only.

Zodiac XL side by side seating

More Details:

 

American made ZODIAC XL S-LSA from AMD

Zodiac for Sport Pilots


STOL CH 750 LSA STOL CH 750 powered by the six cylinder Jabiru 3300 engine, with professional builder assistance from Tenn-Air
ZODIAC XL S-LSA Learn To Fly:

Buzz Air Flight Academy with locations in Carson City, Nevada, and in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, offers sport pilot flight training (as well as transition training) in both the Zenith CH 601XL / 650 and the STOL CH 750.

STOL CH 750 Zenith introduces the STOL CH 750 light sport utility aircraft

"The Chris Heintz-designed STOL CH 701 is a workhorse. It has been performing short takeoff and landing (STOL) duty for 20 years and has developed a cult following. Its big brother, the STOL CH 801, is a lot bigger, with twice as many seats and room inside," reported EAA Sport Pilot magazine (October 2008).  "So, with small and large STOL machines, what else would Chris Heintz fans want? How about a mid-sized S-LSA STOL machine? They have one: the new STOL CH 750."

STOL CH 750
Factory-Assembled ZODIAC XL S-LSA

Factory-Assembled ZODIAC S-LSA: AMD Zodiac S-LSA test aircraft with a Continental O-200 powerplant and Dynon glass panel.

AMD ZODIAC XLi

Production light sport aircraft (S-LSA) Zodiac CH 650 LSi expands "operating instructions" to include Night and IFR operations. 
The Zodiac XL S-LSA is the ideal sport cruiser for both local sightseeing and cross-country flights. The Zodiac XL S-LSA is the ideal sport cruiser for both local sightseeing and cross-country flights.
Dynon avionics Custom panel includes a Dynon EFIS (Electronic Flight Information System) and EMS (Engine Monitor System), autopilot, and Garmin stack.
ZODIAC XL S-LSA Learn To Fly:

Buzz Air Flight Academy with locations in Carson City, Nevada, and in Lawrenceburg, Tennessee, offers sport pilot flight training (as well as transition training) in both the Zenith CH 601XL / 650 and the STOL CH 750.

Flight training in the Zodiac Flight training in the Zodiac in the Caribbean

Gleim Publications now offers a Sport Pilot Kit designed to help expedite training for the sport pilot certificate. They offer a complete training program at an affordable price, with user-friendly self-study materials that are carefully designed to make it easy to learn and understand. 
The Sport Pilot Kit contains everything you need (except airplane and instructor).


The Complete Idiot's Guide to Sport Flying
by Dan Ramsey, Earl Downs, forwarded by Tom Poberezny
The FAA's new sport flying license will let people earn their wings for a fraction of the time and cost of a traditional license. The Complete Idiot’s Guide‚ to Sport Flying introduces this new field of flying to consumers, and shows you how to fly smart—offering tips on how to get more flying fun for less money.
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Zenith Aircraft Company's amateur-built kit STOL CH 701, the new STOL CH 750 and the new ZODIAC CH 650 designs should be eligible for operation under the new rules.  However, Zenith Aircraft Company cannot guarantee that kit aircraft, as constructed by the builder, will be eligible for operation under the new category.

Flight training in the STOL CH 701

Light Sport Aircraft for Sport Pilots

Flight training in the Zodiac.

Already, the STOL CH 701 and the ZODIAC CH 601 can be licensed in Canada and in Europe under "Advanced Ultralight" rules, where some are used for flight training.  Based on the market demand, plans are being made to offer assembled aircraft as allowed under the new rules.


Zodiac Flying Club

If I become a sport pilot, what can I fly?
An aircraft that meets the definition of a light-sport aircraft may hold an airworthiness certificate in any one of the following categories of FAA certification:

  • An experimental aircraft, including amateur-built aircraft (such as the ZODIAC or STOL CH 701, for which the owner must construct more than 51-percent of the aircraft.

  • A standard category aircraft; that is, a ready-to-fly aircraft that is type-certificated in accordance with FAR Part 43.

  • A Primary category aircraft; that is, a ready-to-fly aircraft that is type-certificated in accordance with Primary category regulations.

  • A factory-produced "special" light-sport aircraft (S-LSA)

  • An experimental light-sport aircraft. (E-LSA)

ZODIAC CH 601

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