The Summer Membership Meeting hosted by the Nappier Chapter BPA – was a huge success! We welcomed BPA Members and Chapters from across the United States to Connecticut and Massachusetts.
The Holiday Inn Hartford was a gracious host location, providing us with conference facilities, the Hospitality Suite, and hotel rooms, and treated us well. Lunch at the hotel was brought in from Nardelli’s Grinder Shop, and the sandwiches were delicious!
The Saturday Night Dinner & Concert was held at Springfield, MA’s Basketball Hall of Fame.
The Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame 1000 Hall of Fame Avenue Springfield, Massachusetts 01105 https://www.hoophall.com
So you’ve decided to pursue a pilot’s license, and the combination of a Sport Pilot License and a Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) sound like they could be a great place to begin – saving you time and money. Once you’ve read the requirements of the Sport Pilot License, you’ll need to know exactly what IS a Light Sport Aircraft?
By definition, a light sport aircraft, or LSA, must have:
A max takeoff weight of 1320 lbs or less (1430 for water operations).
A maximum airspeed (Vh) of 120 knots CAS (level flight, max continuous power, standard conditions).
For a glider, a maximum never-exceed speed (Vne) of 120 knots or less.
A Vs1 (stall speed without flaps) not more than 40 knots CAS (at max takeoff weight and most critical CG).
Seating for no more than 2 people (including the pilot).
A single, reciprocating engine.
A fixed pitched propeller (or ground-adjustable). Powered gliders must have auto-feathering capability if equipped with an adjustable prop.
For gyroplanes, a fixed-pitch, semi-rigid, teetering blade rotor system.
A non-pressurized cabin.
Fixed landing gear, except for aircraft operating on water and gliders, which may have fixed or retractable gear.
Light sport aircraft don’t have to be “standard” airplanes – they can be either standard or experimental aircraft and include gliders, gyroplanes, powered-parachutes, weight-shift control aircraft, hot-air balloons, and airships.
Further, Light Sport Aircraft are divided into four categories:
Standard Category/Sport Pilot-Eligible: pre-existing aircraft that meet LSA requirements and can be flown by sport pilots.
S-LSA: Special light sport aircraft are factory-built aircraft, specifically designed for the LSA standards. S-LSAs meet ASTM (American Society for Testing & Materials) consensus standards and are ready-to-fly when sold. They can be maintained by a standard A&P (Airframe & Powerplant) mechanic or a repairman with a FAA LSA maintenance rating.
E-LSA: Experimental light sport aircraft that are often sold as kits, and can be built at home in accordance with the manufacturer’s manual and instructions. E-LSA manufacturers are also ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials)-compliant.
E-AB: Experimental amateur-built aircraft are not all also categorized as light sport aircraft. But a light sport aircraft can be classified as experimental amateur-built. E-AB aircraft are home-built aircraft, and if they meet the LSA design and performance requirements, can be flown by sport pilots. Since E-AB aircraft involve more extensive home-building than an E-LSA, the aircraft is restricted to personal use and cannot be used for flight training (with the exception of the aircraft owner himself) or for rental to persons NOT the aircraft owner.
SAVE THE DATE: The chapter’s fourth Annual Awards Luncheon was held on Saturday, May 6, 2017 at the Groton Inn & Suites. While we mourn the loss of our namesake, Connie Nappier, Jr, we celebrated his life beyond aviation – click HERE!
Thanks for visiting us – the Nappier Chapter of Black Pilots of America, Inc. is based in southeastern Connecticut and was formed in June of 2011, then formally recognized by Black Pilots of America, Inc at the national Board meeting in January 2012.
Membership is open to anyone who shares the aims and purposes established in the preamble of our Constitution and Bylaws and have a primary focus on providing an atmosphere for everyone to learn to fly and perhaps own airplanes. Members include men, women and youth aviation enthusiasts from all walks of life and various backgrounds and experiences.
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