Jim Meade Posted May 29, 2012 Report Share Posted May 29, 2012 I see a tendency in the light sport world to exclude itself from the category known as general aviation. General aviation as a name used by the FAA is a category distinct from military or schedule airline operation. General aviation includes charter operators, recreational pilots, business pilots, banner towers, gliders, crop dusters, air show performers, pipe line patrols, fish spotters, hot air balloons, flight schools, ultralights and yes (gasp) light sport airplanes, including such as the J3 Cub which many would have said was GA. Apparently, there is a felt need to find a name for airplanes that at typically small and standard certficiated, like Warriors, C172, Bonanzas, King Airs, Ag Cats and so on so that we who fly using Sport Pilot privileges can distinquish our airplanes and tecniques from this more traditional milieu. Sometimes the categorization is used in a possibly disparaging manner, as in talking about a technique or practice that is accepted in a Warrior but according to some would not be good in a CTLS. My own opinion is that we should strongly embrace that we are GA and not let ourselves be seen as distinct from it. Strength is numbers. Counting ourselves as GA helps our credibility in the aircraft community and establishes ourselves as a legitimate player, not a niche or pariah. I've never flown military (well, don't tell but I have some OH-58 stick time) or airlines, All my 40 years of flying have been GA. The most recent few years has been using Sport Pilot privileges in GA airplanes that are designated as LS or LS compatible. If we are talking about traditional airplanes or practices, maybe we can use that term (although it has it's faults). Maybe one of you has a good, catchy, short, easy to remember way to show that those of us flying airplanes using Sport Pilot license or privileges are in GA with a distinct personality? Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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