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MOSAIC – The Expansion of Light Sport Aircraft

On July 24, the FAA released a major comprehensive proposal expanding on Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) definitions and pilot privileges. Modernization of Special Airworthiness Certification, otherwise known as MOSAIC, proposes to amend rules governing LSA manufacturing, certification standards, maintenance, and operation. Essentially MOSAIC redefines the LSA category and dramatically raises the size and performance capabilities of airplanes that can be flown by sport pilots. Sport pilots can carry a passenger and operate in certain types of controlled airspace, but they may not fly at night and are limited to lighter and lowered-powered aircraft than those available to private pilots.

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