S-LSAspecial light-sport aircraft
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Certified in the S-LSA category, the A5 has a maximum takeoff weight of 1510 pounds--a dispensation from the normal limit of 1430 pounds for seaplanes because, per Icon's application to the FAA, of the weight requirements associated with the spin-resistant wing.
The only way the owner of an S-LSA can avoid the manufacturer's maintenance requirements is to convert the airplane to an experimental--E-LSA.
Instead, the owner or operator of an S-LSA needs either a qualified A&P or the holder of a light sport repairman with a maintenance authorization (LSR-M) before actually performing tasks other than the annual condition inspection and the 100-hour inspections of rental or for-hire LSAs.
That said, an S-LSA owner enjoys one interesting option for getting the privilege of performing the annual condition inspections: fill out and file a form with the FAA that takes the S-LSA to an E-LSA.
Not too shabby, considering the FAA didn't publish the final sport pilot rule until August 2004; it was April 2005 before the first S-LSA won approval from the FAA.
It is not clear to me which of the S-LSA aircraft will prove to be best for primary training.
Buying a new S-LSA is more of a crap shoot in that we know some of the companies selling today won't be around 10, or even five, years from now.