Transport Canada Recognizes Light Sport!
Over the years at the local Flying events in the US, I have often talked to Canadians who would like to buy a Carbon Cub, but can not import it because the Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) category does not exist under Transport Canada rules!
Well, Im please to announce that there is now a great solution for you!
Transport Canada has worked out a reciprocal agreement with the FAA, whereby you can buy and register an “N” numbered LSA or Experimental LSA in the United States, even if you are not a resident here, and bring it into Canada. Not only can you register the aircraft with an “N” number in the Unites States without being a resident, but you can take it to your home in Canada, and KEEP the “N” number registration, and better yet, can operate the LSA or E-LSA aircraft under the Light Sport Rules set forth by the FAA, in Canada!
What does this mean to you?
You are now free to buy a new or used Carbon Cub Light Sport or Experimental-Light Sport, FACTORY built or Amateur Built, and fly it home to Canada without any hassles!
However it does appear that you will need a private pilot certificate or better and a medical in order to fly the aircraft in Canada. So if you are a light sport pilot and have let your medical expire you will still have to wait and hope that Canada takes action toward the light sport movement.
Here is the reference from Nav Canada
Pursuant to section 507.05 of the Canadian Aviation Regulations, this document constitutes a validation of the Federal Aviation Administration Special Airworthiness Certificate – Light-sport or Special Airworthiness Certificate – Experimental – Light-sport, for the purpose of operating a United States-registered light-sport aircraft in Canadian airspace, subject to the following conditions:
- the aircraft shall have a valid United States Certificate of Aircraft Registration;
- the nationality and registration marks assigned to the aircraft by the Federal Aviation Administration shall be displayed on the aircraft in accordance with the requirements of the United States;
- the aircraft shall have been issued with a Special Airworthiness Certificate – Light-sport or a Special Airworthiness Certificate – Experimental – Light-sport
- the Certificate of Aircraft Registration and the Special Airworthiness Certificate – Light-sport or the Special Airworthiness Certificate – Experimental – Light-sport shall be valid and shall be carried on board the aircraft;
- compliance with the operating limitations, that are part of the Special Airworthiness Certificate – Light-sport or the Special Airworthiness Certificate – Experimental – Light-sport, is mandatory, provided those operating limitations do not limit or change the conditions herein imposed;
- a copy of this validation shall be carried on board the aircraft when operating in Canadian airspace;
- the general operating and flight rules of the Canadian Aviation Regulations shall be complied with when operating the aircraft in Canadian airspace;
- no person may be carried in this aircraft during flight unless that person has been advised of the content of this validation and of the airworthiness status of the aircraft;
- persons or property shall not be carried on board the aircraft for hire or reward;
- an aircraft operator, who is not the registered owner of the aircraft, shall carry a signed letter of authorization from the registered owner showing the owner’s permission for continued operation of the aircraft in Canadian airspace; and
- participation in a Canadian special aviation event is prohibited unless authorized pursuant to section 603.06 of the Canadian Aviation Regulations.
This validation is valid for an indefinite period, unless superseded or cancelled in writing by the Minister of Transport, provided the owner or operator of the aircraft complies with the operating conditions of this validation.
Original signed by
For Minister of Transport
Issued in Ottawa, Canada on 4 November 2009