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    Actually both views are correct.
    The original intent of SportPilot was to provide rules for the two seat ultralight category. (Not intended for transcontinental travel)
    The final rule was so broad that it allowed a wide range of GA type airplanes. (180hp Cubs, etc.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Berson View Post
    Actually both views are correct.
    The original intent of SportPilot was to provide rules for the two seat ultralight category. (Not intended for transcontinental travel)
    The final rule was so broad that it allowed a wide range of GA type airplanes. (180hp Cubs, etc.)
    Not to argue the point but while closely following the Sport Pilot/Light Sport discussion in very early stages I recall the main push was to allow a path into aviation for new pilots that was less involved than the Private certificate which would also allow pilots with some medical difficulties to continue to fly light aircraft. The selling point was how there was going to be a multitude of $30K aircraft for all the budding pilots to purchase. We know how that turned out....

    The two-place "ultralight" exemption was just a way for the FAA to phase out an irritating corner of aviation they really didn't want to mess with.

    But the original reasons, whatever they were, are meaningless now. Sport Pilot's biggest challenge now is BasicMed.
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    Yes, the original intent was for a $30k "Consensus Approved Light Sport Aircraft" to replace the previously affordable $17k two seat "exemption" aircraft.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Bill Berson View Post
    Yes, the original intent was for a $30k "Consensus Approved Light Sport Aircraft" to replace the previously affordable $17k two seat "exemption" aircraft.
    The good thing is there are still a lot of $17k legacy LSA qualified airplanes.

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