Aircraft Review

November 2012 Issue

LSA Accident Survey: Low Fatals, High Overall

Seven years worth of data show that landing accidents among LSAs are higher than for GA as a whole, but fatal accidents match the overall average.

When the light sport aircraft rule was busy being born a decade ago, it was intended to be a poster child for inspired innovation driven by reduced regulation. While there’s no argument that LSA has ignited a bushel of new designs, not much has been said about safety and crashworthiness. Is it reasonable to assume that a 1320-pound airplane will be as safe as one weighing 300 or 500 pounds more?

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