Current status of electric LSA?

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13brv3

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Greetings,

My understanding is that LSA has the unfortunate limitation of "a single reciprocating engine", which was probably written to prevent the use of jet engines. Has there been any clarification about the use of electric motors, or is there any talk of a proposed change? Just thinking ahead for my next project. Thanks, Rusty
 

BJC

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Although I haven’t heard anything recently, I’m hopeful that the FAA will make an announcement about LSA and E-AB at Oshkosh.


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It quite possible, you just have to pay more to get a 'derogation' just for paper. It's about the regulation and the written word. As far as you cannot control the motor independant it's ok. But if you can adjust power on certain engine.. you or your controller doing it automatically: then it's not 1 throttle feeding 1 or 2 engines. It became a multi engine project.
 

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The ASTM has had a standard for "electric propulsion units" for LSAs for a while now. I hope the FAA will eventually update the official definition of LSA to allow their use.
 

13brv3

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Thanks for the comments. I guess we'll just wait for some official word, maybe at Oshkosh, though I don't know what year that will be :)
 
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