standard category aircraft accepted as light sport aircraft

Sport pilots may fly aircraft with a standard airworthiness certificate that meet above specifications. However, the airworthiness certification of the aircraft, and its maintenance requirements, will not be change.

According to the Type Certificates (TC's) and published specifications, the following standard category aircraft meet the definition of a light-sport aircraft (LSA) according to 14 CFR Part 1.1. However, individual aircraft of a given type may not meet the criteria due to modification by STC or field approval. The pilot would need to check the records of a particular aircraft and verify that it has not been modified in such a way as to disqualify that aircraft.

This does not constitute an all-inclusive listing but does serve to cover the more common aircraft. There may be other standard category aircraft that meet the criteria for operation by sport pilots.



C C-2 C-3 PC-3 CF K KC KCA
KF KM KS 50-C 50-F 50-L 50-LA 50-M
50-S 50-TC 50-TL 60-TF 65-C 65-CA 65-LA 65-LB
65-TAC 65-TC 65-TF 65-TAF 65-TL 65-TAL YO-58 O-58A
O-58B 7AC 7BCM 7CCM 7DC 11AC 11BC L-3
L-3A L-3B L-3C L-3D L-3E L-3F L-3G L-3J
L-16A L-16B            


415-C 415-CD


S-1A S-1A-65F S-1A-85F S-1A-90F S-1 Cadet


8 8A 8B 8C 8D


E-2 F-2 J-2 J-3 J3C-40 J3C-50 J3C-65
J3F-50 J3F-60 J3F-65 J3L J3P J4 J4A
J4B PA-11 PA-15 PA-17 L-4 L-4A L-4B
L-4C L-4D L-4H L-4J NE-1 NE-2  


35 35-70 35V CP-40 CP-50 CP-55 LP-65


BC BC-65 BC12-65 BC12-D BC12-D1 BC12D-85
BF BF-60 BF-65 BF12-65 BL12-65 BC12D-4-85
BL BL-65 DC-65 DCO-65 DF-65 DL-65
A L-2 L-2A L-2B L-2C L-2E
L-2F L-2G L-2H L-2J L-2K  



S-50-C S-50-F S-65-C S-65-CA S11AC S11BC SO-58B


8A 8C 8D


J3C-50S J3C-65S J3F-50S J3F-60S J3F-65S J3L-S J3L-65S
PA-11S J4A-S          


BCS BCS-65 BCS12-65 BCS12-D BCS12-D1 BCS12D-85
BFS BFS-60 BFS-65 BFS12-65 BLS12-65 BCS12D-4-85
BLS BLS-65        

Aircraft which do not meet the definition of Light-Sport Aircraft

The following aircraft DO NOT qualify for operation by sport pilots because their gross weight, as originally certificated, is above the 1320 lb limit (1430 lb for seaplanes):

Make Model Gross Weight
Aeronca 7EC (Note 1)
  11CC 1350
  LA 1680
  LB 1680
  LC 1680
  LCS 1852


120 1450
  140 1450
  140A 1500
  150, 150A thru M 1500, 1600
  152 1670


415D 1400
  415E 1400
  415F1 1400
  415F1A 1450
  A2 1450
  M10 1450


Funk B, C 1350


S-1B1 (L-6) 1650
  S-1B2 1650
Luscombe 8E 1400
  8F 1400
  T-8F 1400
Piper J4E (L-4E) 1400
  J5 (All) (Note 2)
Porterfield 35W 1326
  75-C 1326
Taylorcraft 19 1500
  F19 1500
  F21 1500
  F21A 1500
  F21B 1750
  F22 (All) 1750
  L-2M 1325


1) Aeronca 7EC's are normally certificated at either 1450 or 1500 lbs gross weight, which disqualifies them for operation by sport pilots. However, there are some 7EC's certificated at 1300 lbs gross weight. These aircraft are eligible for operation by sport pilots.

2) Piper J5s, including military variants (L-4F, L-4G, HE-1, AE-1) are certificated as 3 place aircraft, which disqualifies them for operation by a sport pilot. The 1450 lb gross weight is also disqualifying.