Its meaningless to most people because they don't understand it. A PPL is considered a commercial license meaning your plane is for hire. So you had better meet certain conditions. Back on topic....
When it comes to rule making, Don't trust any of what you get from" AOPA". Sometimes they're just as much in the dark, even with all their alphabet soup!For one, conflicting information from both the FAA and AOPA websites for Sport Pilot say '... must be eligible to pass a Class III Medical examination'.
Yes, it is permitted.
61.113 (2) The aircraft does not carry passengers or property for compensation or hire. (c) A private pilot may not pay less than the pro rata share of the operating expenses of a flight with passengers, provided the expenses involve only fuel, oil, airport expenditures, or rental fees.
It seems strange that a group of people who should be highly knowledgeable of all things aviation have so much misunderstanding. Especially, when the correct answer is only a Google click away.
You need to design it before you can build it. After designing it, you should have a very good idea of what it will weigh. Unless you use composites, which are often heavier than expected.No way to know until it gets built, is there...? However, using the same sheet materials and equivalent sizing, I would expect it to have a comparable weight. Even if it's double the weight of some, it should still weigh far less than a piano-hinge mount.
I do believe they're talking about the category of LSA ,Apparently everyone but you.
I couldn't agree more.Maybe a new thread should be started about FAA regulations and such so this thread can keep on track of designing a P51 to meet FAR103 regulations......
I have said very little here . Its nice to dream. How can you accept the fact that in order to be a 103 you need approximately 120 sq ft of wing area ether by wing alone or by flaps or flaperon. to be in compliance with the 103 air speeds . You cant have it any other way just because you want to.That's 103 basics.
After that you will need to make empty weight and create a cantilevered wing. The aircraft you mentioned Ultra cruiser is not a compliant 103, its only close to it.
You want help you need to listen to those that have tried already .The requirements for 103 force your hand to do want you don't want. Make your dream unreachable with out compromising your design look in ways you wont except.
Look at the new micro light Corsair its only 75,000 euros who has that much to blow on an UL
The empty weight is quoted at "110-120 kg" which is 242-264 lbs. https://www.jh-aircraft.de/english/corsair/technical-data/... and has an empty weight of 496 lbs, WITH the gull wing, which is unnecessarilly complex, adding significant extra weight...
One I found used the Jabiru conversion and weighed in at ~225 kilos. Earlier version? No big deal. It met Euro ultralight regs, not US FAR Part 103. Site was Czech and now I'm not finding it, but I didn't just come up with it, I had to convert to pounds.The empty weight is quoted at "110-120 kg" which is 242-264 lbs. https://www.jh-aircraft.de/english/corsair/technical-data/