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Light Sport AircraftCategory (LSA)

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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)

Flight training in the Zodiac.

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 XL 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 XL was recently featured on the cover of EAA Sport Pilot Light-Sport Aircraft magazine (December 2006 issue).

The Zodiac CH 601XL... Have It Your Way
Ready-to-fly, ready-to-build, or IFR capable
by Dan Johnson (pages 24 - 31).

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.

More Details:

American made ZODIAC XL S-LSA from AMD

Aircraft Manufacturing Development Co. (AMD) manufactures the certified Light Sport Aircraft (S-LSA) at its production facilities located south of Atlanta in Eastman, Georgia.


ZODIAC XL S-LSA Two ZODIAC XL S-LSAs flying formation.
  • Click here for a list of schools offering flight training in the ZODIAC XL S-LSA.
Factory-Assembled ZODIAC XL S-LSA Made in the USA:

Factory-Assembled ZODIAC XL S-LSA: Aircraft Manufacturing and Development's (AMD) Zodiac XL S-LSA test aircraft with a Continental O-200 powerplant and Dynon glass panel.

AMD ZODIAC XLi April 2006: AMD's production light sport aircraft (S-LSA) Zodiac XLi expands "operating instructions" to include Night and IFR operations. Click here for details.
ZODIAC XL S-LSA Silver Sky Aviation of Phoenix, Arizona has added a Zodiac XL S-LSA to its flight line. The aircraft is being used there for basic instruction, transition training, flight reviews and check rides. Silver Sky also offers demo flights in the Zodiac XL and is a representative for the factory-assembled S-LSA. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 480-422-9425.
AMD Zodiac XL S-LSA December 2005: Aircraft Manufacturing and Development (AMD) starts deliveries of the Zodiac XL S-LSA aircraft.
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.

from EAA Hotline (December 16, 2005, Volume 5, Number 57):
Special Airworthiness Certificate For S-LSA Zodiac CH 601 XL
Aircraft Manufacturing and Development Co (AMD) has received a Special Airworthiness Certificate for the Zodiac CH 601 XL. AMD completed all of the documents, flight-testing and quality control requirements with assistance from Zenair Ltd, and the Light Aircraft Manufacturers Association (LAMA). The all-metal Zodiac features a Continental O-200, 100-hp engine and Sensenich propeller. The original model was designed in the early ‘80s, and reengineered in 2001 as the CH 601 XL.

EAA Sport Pilot magazine:
MS FlightSim aircraft files for the ZODIAC XL, as reviewed in the June 2006 issue of Sport Pilot magazine
Train for the checkride at home with your flight simulator program on your PC..., as reviewed in the June 2006 issue of Sport Pilot magazine:

Popular Mechanics magazine (April 2006 issue): "How I learned to Fly in a Week" by Davin Coburn. The writer obtains his sport pilot certificate in eight days in a Zodiac XL S-LSA trainer.
Davin Coburn celebrates with his instructor... Popular Mechanics® Science Blog Air Challenge:
Davin Coburn successfully completes a sport pilot license in a week.

Popular Mechanics builds and flies a Zodiac

Popular Mechanics builds and flies a Zodiac

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).


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Zenith Aircraft Company's amateur-built kit STOL CH 701 and ZODIAC XL 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 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 XL 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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