License or Not?

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Well-Known Member
Jan 30, 2003
Jupiter, Florida
Posing a question to the group:

Our EAA Chapter is rebuilding a small motor glider. It weighs about 300 lb., and has never had an N-number. Power is a Continental O-32, producing about 30 HP, through an adjustable pitch folding prop.

The question is if a pilots license with glider or even ASEL is required or not.

If you can quote chapter and verse, it would be appreciated.

Thanks in advance -


Well-Known Member
Jul 30, 2004
Grenora, ND
FAR Part 103.1, Ultralight Vehicles, sub section (d)
If unpowered, weighs less than 155 pounds or
section (e)
If powered;
1. weighs less than 254 pounds empty weight, excluding floats and safety devices which are intended for deployment in a potentially catastrophic situation;
2. Has a fuel capacity not exceeding 5 U.S. gallons
3. Is not capable of more than 55 knots calibrated airspeed at full power in level flight;
4. Has a power off stall speed which does not exceed 24 knots calibrated airspeed.

So, you guys would need to shed over 46 lbs and then it would be an ultra light and not requiring a registration or a certificated pilot. Other than that it will have to be registered and it will require a certificated pilot to operate.