AIrcraft converted to Light Sport?

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pequeajim

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A friend has a Sonex that was not certified light sport. It falls within all the parameters of light sport, and with the right prop adjustment, flys at the right speed, (slower).

My question is that if the aircraft was not certified light sport, can it be changed to LS after the fact?
 

Rhino

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It may be possible, but why would you want to? A sport pilot can fly any aircraft that meets LSA criteria, regardless of how it was certified.
 

Dana

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Once the airplane is certified, it's certified (in this case presumably experimental-amateur built). Light Sport (LSA) is a streamlined process to certify manufactured aircraft and "approved" kits, where the builder does less than 51% of the work... I don't believe it's possible for a homebuilder to register a new (or used) homebuilt as LSA, except in the special case of a previously unregistered fat ultralight during the grace period.

-Dana

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