Light recreational and microlight aircraft
Ultralight and weightshift microlight aircraft
Ultralight or recreational aircraft have advanced significantly since their emergence in the 1970s, from rather basic fabric and wire aeroplanes to the sleek composite types we see today.
The performance of modern recreational aircraft easily equals, and in many cases betters, the lower end of the general aviation aeroplane spectrum.
Recreational pilots are increasingly using this type of aeroplane for extensive cross country trips around Australia.
Recreational Aviation Australia (RA-Aus) and the Hang Gliding Federation of Australia (HGFA) administer ultralight and weight-shift microlight (WSM) operations and pilot certificates.. Microlights (commonly called trikes) rely on weight shift rather than the conventional three-axis control. This means that there is no tailplane or control surfaces such as ailerons, rudder or elevator, so the aircraft is controlled by the pilot shifting the aircraft’s centre of gravity in relation to the wing.
Light sport aircraft (LSA)
These aircraft can be registered either with CAS, RA-Aus, GFA or ASRA. Information and guidance for manufacturing an LSA can be found in AC 21 42(1)
Factory-built recreational aircraft
Australia has a booming recreational aviation industry. Models include Jabiru, Brumby, Australian LightWing, Airborne and Aerochute, to name just a few.
Homebuilt recreational aircraft
A wide variety of aircraft have been designed/built in backyards and garages around Australia. For further information on the manufacture, certification and flying of these aircraft contact RA-Aus.