various Light Sport Aircraft
written and copyright by Ed Burkhead
Note: This is a chart of what the
aircraft is allowed to do
This now incorporates FAA Order 8130.2F CHG 2
SLSA = Special Light Sport Aircraft
dELSA = ELSA downgraded from being an SLSA
kELSA = ELSA aircraft built from a consensus standard kit
gELSA = ELSA aircraft not previously registered and NOT built
from a consensus
P = Private Pilot (or higher)
R = Recreational Pilot
S = Sport Pilot (or higher rating flying under privileges of Sport Pilot
© For instruction and rental only. For glider towing see §91.319.
± Only if aircraft was previously registered with an organization as an exempted ultralight trainer.
* FAA Order 8130.2F CHG 2 paragraph 144 (8) Except for takeoffs and landings, this aircraft may not be operated over densely populated areas or in congested airways. NOTE: This limitation is applicable for phase 1 and 2 and should be issued in accordance with paragraph 135b(1) and (2) of this order.
¶ FAA Order 8130.2F CHG 2 paragraph 144 (9) This aircraft is prohibited from operating in congested airways or over densely populated areas, unless directed by air traffic control, or unless sufficient altitude is maintained to effect a safe emergency landing in the event of a power unit failure, without hazard to persons or property on the ground.
For a good list of
privileges for various pilot licenses, see
Pilot Privileges & Limitations
Part 103 compliant Ultralights - Ultralights are defined in FAR 103 and
have the operating limitation of FAR 103.15 "No person may operate an
ultralight vehicle over any congested area of a city, town, or settlement,
or over any open air assembly of persons."