chumash wrote:Hello, I'm new here, as well as a "new pilot in the making" as I just passed my FAA written and will be starting flight training in 2 weeks hopefully. My question about the 1320 lb limit concerns the TAF Sling2, which is what I will be training in. The Sling2 is maxed out in other parts of the world at 1540 lbs and is one of the reasons I am looking at it as a purchase, in case the max weight for LSA increases,I would possibly be able to take advantage of the increase.
I understand the reasoning behind not flying over design limits for LSA designed for 1320lbs, and am not willing to fly over the 1320 lb weight in a current Sling2. My question is if the weight changes do occur, would the Sling be safe at 1540, since it's designed for that weight, or does being "LSA" preclude that?
If the definition of LSA changes in the future, the aircraft manufacturer would need to recertify the aircraft to that new definition, if they chose to. There is more than max gross weight involved. Unless and until they did that, you would still be limited to the current definition of LSA for which the aircraft was certified.
Caution: this is my opinion only. Read at your own risk.
This is my educated guess on what will be required if a manufacturer wants an existing LSA to be legal to fly under a new LSA definition. That is, if any new LSA definition allows higher gross weight or higher stall speeds, etc. There would likely be some existing LSA that could be certified to the new definition and some that could not.
In my opinion, any standard certificated aircraft that meet a new LSA definition would be legal to fly once the FAA verified such. For instance, if a C150 (as certified) fell within a new definition, I assume it would be added to the list of standard certificated aircraft that can be flown as LSA.
I doubt it would be as simple as a manufacturer sending out a letter saying our aircraft meet the new LSA definition, so have at it. Although, anything is possible.
This is strictly my opinion. Repeat...this is my opinion.