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This chart, taken directly from the FAA’s final rule, outlines the maintenance and certification requirements that apply to various categories of light-sport aircraft and other aircraft categories that sport pilots are eligible to fly.

  Ultralights, part
103--254 pounds EW

 
ELSA under §21.191 (i)-- 1,320 pounds MTOW SLSA under §21.190--1,320 pounds MTOW Amateur-built under §21.191 (g)--No MTOW Primary aircraft under §21.24--2,700 pounds MTOW Standard aircraft under §21.21--No MTOW
Regist-ration “N” number
 
None Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Airworth-iness
Certificate
None Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Operating
privileges and limits (may be restricted by pilot certificate or aircraft operating limitations)
Day
VFR
Uncong-ested areas only
Class A, B, C, D, and surface-based E airspace; ATC permission required (no equipment required)
Class E and G airspace
No passengers
Flight training (under part 103 two-place training exemption)
Towing (under part 103 towing exemption)
Day/night
VFR/IFR
Congested and uncongested areas
Class A, B, C, D, E and G airspace; (with part 91 equipment)
One passenger
Limited flight training (5 years under §91.319 (e)(2))
Towing existing fleet (under §91.319 (e)(1))
Day/night
VFR/IFR
Congested and uncongested areas
Class A, B, C, D, E and G airspace; (with part 91 equipment)
One passenger
Flight training and rental
Towing

 
Day/night
VFR/IFR
Congested and uncongested areas
Class A, B, C, D, E and G airspace; (with part 91 equipment)
Day/night
VFR/IFR
Congested and uncongested areas
Class A, B, C, D, E and G airspace; (with part 91 equipment)
Flight training and rental
Towing
Day/night
VFR/IFR
Congested and uncongested areas
Class A, B, C, D, E and G airspace; (with part 91 equipment)
Flight training and rental
Com-
mercial operations
Mainten-ance None Owner- maintained Maintenance--
Repairman (LS-M)
Mechanic (A&P)
Part 145 Repair station

Preventive maintenance--
Sport pilot or higher
Owner-maintained
 
Maintenance--
Mechanic (A & P)
Part 145 Repair station



Preventive maintenance--
Recreation-al pilot or higher
Maintenance --
Mechanic (A & P)
Part 145 Repair station



Preventive maintenance –
Recreation-al pilot or higher
Inspect-ions None (1) Annual con-
dition--
Repairman LS –I and LS-M
Mechanic
(A & P)
Part 145 Repair station

100-hour condition (2)--
Repairman LS-M
Mechanic
(A & P)
Part 145 Repair station

 
Annual condition--
Repairman LS - M
Mechanic (A & P)
Part 145 Repair station



100-hour condition (3)--
Repairman LS-M
Mechanic (A & P)
Part 145 Repair station

 
Annual condition--
Repairman (experimental aircraft builder)
Mechanic (A & P)
Part 145 repair station




 
Annual condition--
Mechanic (A & P)
Part 145 repair station




100-hour condition (4)--
Mechanic (A & P)
Part 145 Repair station
Annual condition--
Mechanic (A & P)
Part 145 Repair station




100-hour condition (4)--
Mechanic (A & P)
Part 145 repair station
Airworth-iness
Directives
None None issued against ELSA Yes – Type certificated TC/STC/PMA/TSO-approved products, if installed None issued against amateur-built aircraft Yes Yes
Safety Directives None None Yes None None None
FAA Type or Product-ion
Certificate
No No No No Yes Yes
Consensus Standard No No (5) Yes No No No


For two-place ultralight training vehicles operating under an exemption and registered with an FAA-recognized ultralight organization – 100-hour condition inspection done by ultralight instructor registered with an FAA-recognized ultralight organization.
Applies to training aircraft used for compensation until January 31, 2010 , and tow aircraft used for compensation
Applies to aircraft used for flight training or towing for compensation
Applies to aircraft used for flight instruction for hire – §91.409
ELSA – Kit-built (§21.191(i)(2)(ii)) or aircraft that have been previously issued a special airworthiness certificate in the light-sport category (§21.191 (i)(3)) meet consensus standards

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