To BBerson, Midniteoyl, & others confused about E-LSAs...
I'm still confused. I read the article posted by Midniteoyl (by Ron Wanttaja: http://www.kitplanes.com/sportplanes/0505-3740.pdf ) and I get one set of rules. Yet, when I looked at the Pipistrel website, they offer up another set of rules. See: Sinus Virus and Taurus Motorgliders by Pipistrel Mercy!
Can anyone clarify this? If you buy an E-SLA kit, can you put in a different EFIS (that is a technology which is changing FAST), and autopilot? Or, do you have to build as specified, then rip out the stuff you don't want and replace it with the stuff you do want?
Seems like a strange way to build an aircraft.
Incidentally, the Pipistrel aircraft performed well in the CAFE (NASA sponsored) contests - under what seems like rigorously fair conditions. Too bad more LSAs don't enter that competition - it might give us a better idea of the relative merits of different LSA aircraft.
(Fly safe) MalcolmW
PS: Orion - I've asked Paradise aircraft for a clarification on the structure of their P-1 LSA and Brazilian version.
BB answered one...
As for the other.. Yes. As far as I can tell, you must build the plane as the factory did. No exceptions. Once you get the approvals, you can then modify the plane as you see fit as long as it still conforms to the intent of LSA. You can also buy a built SLSA and convert it to ELSA in order to modify it.
This is why if you go this route, buy the one with the cheapest, lowest count, factory approved instrumentation