What does EASA LSA mean?

Light Sport Aeroplane complies with the following criteria:

  1. A Maximum Take-Off Mass of not more than 600 kg
  2. A maximum stalling speed in the landing configuration (VS0) of not more than 45 knots CAS at the aircraft’s maximum certificated Take-Off Mass and most critical centre of gravity.
  3. A maximum seating capacity of no more than two persons, including the pilot.
  4. A single, non-turbine engine fitted with a propeller.
  5. A non-pressurised cabin

These specifications apply to aeroplanes intended for “non-aerobatic” and for “VFR day” operation only.

The airworthiness code is ASTM International standard F2245.

The Multi-Disciplinary Measure (MDM) group MDM.032 is working on proposals to reduce the regulatory burden on these recreational aircraft. These changes to the regulations, when in place, will replace the interim measures set out above.