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Old 08-06-2018, 08:05 AM
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The design gross weight of the RANS S-19 for example is 1500 pounds, so those who build it as an LSA have the option of later raising the gross weight (and thereby leaving the LSA category).
Once the aircraft is certificated as SLSA or ELSA, one may not "leave the LSA category". If the max gross weight for LSA changes, one may increase the gross weight up to design limits of the aircraft. But the aircraft must remain as LSA.

Only if the aircraft were certificated as EAB, may you increase GW to outside LSA limits.
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Old 08-06-2018, 01:37 PM
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At Oshkosh last week employee of an SLSA told me that the rumor was that the FAA was going to raise the gross weight for the LSA category. That is the first time that I had heard anything about it. I think that I asked in a previous post if there was any room to raise the gross weight in an RV-12 and I think the answer was that the RV-12 design gross weight was 1320. The design gross weight of the RANS S-19 for example is 1500 pounds, so those who build it as an LSA have the option of later raising the gross weight (and thereby leaving the LSA category). If the design weight of the RV-12 is exactly 1320 then we would have no room to increase the gross weight. It would be nice if we could raise the gross weight even 20 or 30 pounds. It would also be nice if I could lose 20 pounds.
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Thanks Damien, did the guy say by how much?
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Old 08-06-2018, 03:16 PM
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No, he just said that there was a rumor that it was going to be raised. He was a salesman for an SLSA model on display at Oshkosh. I have not read anything about the possibility of raising the LSA gross weight limit in any of the aviation magazines or websites that I read.
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Old 08-06-2018, 03:34 PM
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I've heard several rumors... anything from a gross weight limit increase to 1500#, all the way up to "Sport pilots can fly anything up to Basic Med limits, but can only carry one passenger". I've seen absolutely nothing to back up any of the rumors, so take that for what it's worth. Also bear in mind how many years the FAA fought tooth and nail to prevent what eventually became Basic Med, and how watered down it was before it finally passed.

I'll keep flying my RV-12 in the mean time, thanks.
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Old 08-06-2018, 05:52 PM
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When I was in the Air force, we were told, "If you haven't heard a rumor by 10 am, start one!"

I was in for 6 years and NEVER got to start one.
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Old 08-06-2018, 10:46 PM
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When I was in Navy intel we used to talk about ELINT, HUMINT, SIGINT and lacking that RUMINT!😜
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Old 08-08-2018, 04:00 PM
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When I was in Navy intel we used to talk about ELINT, HUMINT, SIGINT and lacking that RUMINT!😜
Lemme attempt to translate: You got some bad 'Gouge', right Rich?
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Old 08-09-2018, 12:06 AM
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Pretty much sums it up! 😁👍
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Old 08-09-2018, 01:03 AM
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At Air Venture EAA Chairman Jack Pelton said the FAA was looking at redefining the LSA Definition. There was an interview with Pelton in the daily Air Venture paper and he feels there are some changes coming. Also there is an article in AVweb and Aviation Week regarding changes to LSA.
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