Half Fast wrote:Are those categories you listed what the FAA uses?
Not in the Part 91 flight rules, or the Part 61 flight training rules. Yes in the Part 43 Maintenance rules (except for SPEA, which was made up by an EAA staffer - the maintenance FARs refer to those only in terms of having a Standard category aitworthiness certificate).
From a pilot's perspective, an LSA is just an LSA, as defined in FAR 1.1. For maintenance requirements, the category dictates who can do what to which. To dig deeper into that issue, see this EAA Webinar: