Transition to Light Sport Airplanes (LSA)

Transitioning into a light sport airplane (LSA) requires the same methodical training approach as transitioning into any other airplane. A pilot should never attempt to fly another airplane that is different than the pilot’s current certification, experience, training, proficiency, or currency without proper training. Some pilots may be lulled into a false sense of security because LSAs seem to be simple. However, a pilot seeking a transition into light sport flying should follow a systematic, structured LSA training course under the guidance of a competent instructor with recent experience in the specific training airplane.

The light sport category is not a new type of airplane. It is a classification that intends to broaden the access of flight to more people. LSA has been defined as a simple-to-operate, easy-to-fly aircraft; however, “simple-to-operate” and “easy-to-fly” does not negate the need for proper and effective training. This section introduces the light sport category of aircraft and places emphasis on LSA transition.

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