Types of sport aircraft
Light sport aircraft
Generally, light sport aircraft (LSA) are small, simple to operate aeroplanes, gliders, weight-shift microlights, gyroplanes, powered parachutes and balloons that meet certain performance and weight requirements, without direct certification oversight by the countries respective National Aviation Authorities (NAA). LSA are therefore manufactured to agreed international standards and certified by their respective manufacturers to that standard.
In Australia it allows for the manufacture and the manufacturer-certification of aircraft which may be used for private sport and recreation operations, including flight training and glider towing.
These aircraft can be registered either with CASA, Recreational Aviation Australia (RA-Aus), Gliding Federation of Australia (GFA), Hang Gliding Federation of Australia (HGFA) or the Australian Sport Rotorcraft Association (ASRA). They can be factory built or built from an LSA kit. You can find information and guidance on LSA in advisory circulars AC 21.41 and AC 21.42.
Factory-built recreational aircraft
Australia has a large recreational aviation industry. Locally produced aircraft include Jabiru, Brumby, Australian LightWing, Airborne and Aerochute. Some of these aircraft fall into the LSA category or are certified to other acceptable airworthiness standards.
Amateur-built recreational aircraft
A wide variety of aircraft are being designed and built in hangars and garages by amateur builders around the country. These can vary from basic ultralights to complex high performance aircraft. For more information on the manufacture, certification and flying of these aircraft contact the relevant self-administering organisation. You can also find information about amateur built aircraft in advisory circular AC 21.4.