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FAA rule would expand definition of Light Sport Aircraft

A proposed Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rule would expand the definition of Light Sport Aircraft.

The Modernization of Special Airworthiness Certification rule would put performance safety standards on larger aircraft and would expand the type of aircraft sport pilots can operate, allowing them to use their aircraft for a wider range of operations.

Under the proposal, the aircraft’s weight limit would be based on its stall speed. This would bring aircraft weighing as much as 3,000 pounds within the Light Sport Aircraft regulatory framework, allowing larger and stronger aircraft to qualify as Light Sport.

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