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Old 01-31-2018, 04:33 PM
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Default LSA Gross Weight Restriction to be Removed?

Directly from a respected executive in the LSA/kitplane industry:

“The FAA is planning to remove the gross weight limitation on Light Sport Aircraft. Provided the airframe has the beef and power to go to a higher gross you will see the Sport class of planes become much more useful.”

If that is true, it will be a huge benefit to the sportplane market. Can anyone (hi Paul) confirm this?
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Old 01-31-2018, 06:06 PM
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I’ve heard a lot of rumors within the industry and via other sources....but that’s not one of them Vern.
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Old 01-31-2018, 07:11 PM
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It would never happen, for to do so would mean the FAA admitting it was wrong.

The FAA doesn't like to change its mind, no matter how outdated the topic, unless it's to be more restrictive. It'll "clarify" or "expand" or "interpret" as much as it can within the existing rules, but an outright relaxation is just out of the picture.

I've heard FAA types make cracks about certain regs being "on the third tablet that Moses dropped". The intended message was "don't bother asking about this, we aren't changing our minds even if we don't know why it's a rule any more".
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Old 01-31-2018, 07:36 PM
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It would never happen, for to do so would mean the FAA admitting it was wrong.

The FAA doesn't like to change its mind, no matter how outdated the topic, unless it's to be more restrictive. It'll "clarify" or "expand" or "interpret" as much as it can within the existing rules, but an outright relaxation is just out of the picture.
But isn’t that exactly what the Light Sport rules were? No more medical required. Easier certification.

Even though basicmed was a law, it also did much the same thing.
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Old 01-31-2018, 10:13 PM
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So, if the GW restriction is removed, I suppose all the other restrictions remain.

Two seats
FP prop
132 mph at max continuous sea-level power
Fixed gear
Max stall 51 mph (This will probably limit the higher GW to a reasonable number.)
Below 10K (Higher above higher terrain)
etc.

That said, it would probably allow C120/140/150/152 and some others play in the LSA game.
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So, if the GW restriction is removed, I suppose all the other restrictions remain.

Two seats
FP prop
132 mph at max continuous sea-level power
Fixed gear
No night flying
No IFR
Max stall 51 mph (This will probably limit the higher GW to a reasonable number.)
Below 10K (Higher above higher terrain)
etc.

That said, it would probably allow C120/140/150/152 and some others play in the LSA game.
And . . . the RANS S-21!
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Shoot, you could configure an AN-2 to meet those specs!
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Old 02-01-2018, 08:34 AM
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Since basic med, I'd say the LSA makers are doing/trying what they can to survive.
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Old 02-01-2018, 09:23 AM
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Shoot, you could configure an AN-2 to meet those specs!
Once certified with more than two seats, it cannot be downgraded by removing seats.

But I like the way you think!
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Old 02-01-2018, 10:37 AM
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Let's not forget that even if the LSA category gross weight limit went up, that would not affect any existing aircraft. RV-12, for example, has a gross weight established by structural and performance considerations, which would not change. Only new clean-sheet designs (and some heritage non-LSA airplanes, e.g., a C150) would get the higher gross weight.

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