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FAR (Federal Aviation Regulations) Part 103.7(b) states:
Notwithstanding any other section pertaining to airman certification, operators of ultralight vehicles are not required to meet any aeronautical knowledge, age, or experience requirements to operate those vehicles or to have airman or medical certificates.
So in real people talk, NO, you don’t a license, certificate, or any knowledge or experience to operate an ultralight. But we HIGHLY recommend that you take a basic ground school courses and flight instruction before you take to the skies.
We offer a 3-4 day “Path to Solo” flight training course. Call or write us for more info!
Anyone can fly an airplane, it’s landing one that very few know how to do.
-Unknown wise man
Here we go again with the legal jargan, FAR Part 103.1 states:
For the purposes of this part, an ultralight vehicle is a vehicle that:
(a) Is used or intended to be used for manned operation in the air by a single occupant;
(b) Is used or intended to be used for recreation or sport purposes only;
(c) Does not have any U.S. or foreign airworthiness certificate; and
(d) If unpowered, weighs less than 155 pounds; or
(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; and
(4) Has a power-off stall speed which does not exceed 24 knots calibrated airspeed.
There are a few different paths to take from that point. One route is registering it as an Experimental Amateur Built (EXP-A/B). The FAA defines Amateur Built as “…the major portion has been fabricated and assembled by persons for their own recreation or education.”
Expect to spend anywhere between $11,700-$28,500 for a brand spanking new Badland kit. You can expect to spend another $2000-$4500 for the firewall forward parts unless you have an engine laying around.
Then on the contrary, $35,000 will get you one of the baddest bush style ultralights in existence. It all depends on engine choice, instrumentation, and other options of course.
Who wouldn’t love a full titanium airframe, 21″ bush tired, 8″ suspension travel, 60HP ultralight that can take you anywhere you want to go?
Annual inspection cost you ask? Where we’re going Marty, we don’t calculate annual inspection costs.
Since unltralights aren’t registered aircraft, you don’t need an airwothiness certificate. FAR Part 103 states:
(a) Notwithstanding any other section pertaining to certification of aircraft or their parts or equipment, ultralight vehicles and their component parts and equipment are not required to meet the airworthiness certification standards specified for aircraft or to have certificates of airworthiness.
Does this mean you should jump in your Badland every Saturday Willy Nilly and go zipping around? Um, no. We recommend learning how to do basic regular maintenance on your craft and doing a thorough inspection on your own annually. If you’re not feeling confident, give us a call. We’ll walk you through it or even pay you a visit and give you a hand if needed.