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Light Sport Aircraft

Updated on September 27, 2008

What's so great about light sport aircraft that makes everyone crazy about them? Well, you sure know that they are more affordable and easier to fly than the other airplanes, otherwise you would not be here.

But there is a lot more than that. We will explore now in this hub.

Why Light Sport Aircraft

Besides the affordable price, there are several other reasons why people prefer this kind of airplanes:

  • Easy controls. The controls of a typical light sport aircraft follow standards and are not as confusing as those of many other airplanes.
  • Good cruise speed. Most microlights or experimental aircraft can barely exceed 100 km/h. The light sport aircraft's cruise speed is often more than 200 or 250 km/h.
  • Comfortable cockpit. There is enough space for the pilot and the passenger(s).
  • High Safety Requirements. The light sport aircraft are very safety compilant and accepted even outside USA.

There is no doubt - the light sport aircraft offers one of the best and shortest ways to flying. It's up to you if you are going to choose this route.

How To Buy Light Sport Aircraft

Before planning to buy, you'd better think about obtaining sport pilot license. Don't worry it's at least twice easier and faster than qualifying for a private pilot's license! Here is what you need:

  • Medical cerification or driver's license
  • You must be at least 17 before you can attend the test
  • You need to obtain a student's pilot license from FAA
  • Your written and spoken English must be good

Once you pass the written and practical tests, you can get your license.

Buying a light sport aircraft is easy if you have the money. The prices start from $10 - $15k for a second hand airplane and can exceed $250k. You can buy from local manufacturers classified sites. EBay is also a good option.

Where To Learn More

The topic is large and you might be interested in some further reading. Here are some of the best resources to visit:

These resources should be enough for your flying start.

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