What LSA's can be flown in IMC?

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What LSA's can be flown in IMC?

Postby loumancuso » Fri Dec 16, 2016 12:22 pm

Does anyone know what LSA's can be flown in IMC?
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Re: What LSA's can be flown in IMC?

Postby joey4420 » Fri Dec 16, 2016 12:54 pm

Any E-LSA that is properly equipped for such flight. Basically from what I have read if it is Experimental i.e. 51% built by end user or to end users specs and they sign off on it. Then you can fly it IMC. The down side from what I have read is then it will reduce the resale value of the aircraft if that is something you are looking at in the future.
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Re: What LSA's can be flown in IMC?

Postby 3Dreaming » Fri Dec 16, 2016 1:09 pm

SLSA with airworthiness certificate issued before I think the date is April 2010 can be flown in IMC if approved by the manufacture. Any SLSA after that point can not be flown in IMC. ELSA can be flown in IMC if approved on the operating limitations and they have the required equipment. LSA with airworthiness certificates issued in the standard category can fly in IMC if equipped per 91.205 (d), unless it is not approved on the TCDS.

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Re: What LSA's can be flown in IMC?

Postby designrs » Sat Dec 17, 2016 12:45 pm

joey4420 wrote:Any E-LSA that is properly equipped for such flight. Basically from what I have read if it is Experimental i.e. 51% built by end user or to end users specs and they sign off on it. Then you can fly it IMC. The down side from what I have read is then it will reduce the resale value of the aircraft if that is something you are looking at in the future.


I believe there is the possibility of a one-time return to S-LSA after E-LSA, provided no major alterations and/or the plane is returned to factory specs. Can experts confirm?
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Re: What LSA's can be flown in IMC?

Postby FastEddieB » Sat Dec 17, 2016 1:30 pm

designrs wrote:I believe there is the possibility of a one-time return to S-LSA after E-LSA, provided no major alterations and/or the plane is returned to factory specs. Can experts confirm?


Technically, perhaps.

But it would take the manufacturer certifying that the plane still met or had been returned to ASTM S-LSA standards, without any deviation from original, not just major alterations. I think the chances of them doing that are vanishingly small - what's in it for them?

Does anyone know of a single case of that happening?
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