Tormod VEIBY (NOR)
13 - DEFINITION OF A MICROLIGHT OR PARAMOTOR AIRCRAFT
1.3.1 A one or two seat powered aircraft whose minimum speed at Maximum Take Off Weight (MTOW) is less than 65 km/h, and having a MTOW of:
- 300 kg for a landplane flown solo
- 375 kg for a landplane specifically designed to be flown with two persons but flown solo in championships.
- 330 kg for an amphibian or a pure seaplane flown solo;
- 405 kg for an amphibian or a pure seaplane specifically designed to be flown with two persons but flown solo in
- 450 kg for a landplane flown with two persons
- 495 kg for an amphibian or a pure seaplane flown with two persons
- 560 kg for an autogyro flown with two persons
Note. These definitions also apply to foot-launched Microlight and Paramotor aircraft.
1.3.2 The MTOW described in 1.3.1 (except for autogyro flown with two persons) may be increased by 5% if the aircraft is equipped with a parachute system designed to bring the entire aircraft to the ground if it is deployed.
After the MTOW will be raised to 600kg, the 5% addition will no longer be applied, so the limit will be 600kg including the parachute system. There is a real risk that the usage of parachute rescue systems will diminish unless there are some incentive for them to remain, or at least not punish their installation.
As we are raising limit for 2seaters significantly, the limit for one-seater class should not stay as it is. The limit for 2seater flown solo should also go up, to allow the new types that will be certified for 600kg to be flown solo.
It is proposed to subtract 100kg for the second seat and set the limit to 500kg.