E-LSA Registration Deadline Approaching!

The Arkansas Democrat Gazette has a great article about flying powered parachutes. I'll get to the article in a second, but first it's important to note per 14 CFR 21.191(i)(1) an existing power parachute or other ultralight that qualifies as an experimental light sport aircraft (E-LSA) must be inspected and registered with the FAA before January 31st or it will never be legal to fly again. This seems like a pretty severe policy, and although the EAA has been fighting to get the deadline extended, nothing has changed yet. So if you have an ultralight, be sure to register it. If you are looking at buying a used ultralight in the future, be sure it's registered before you commit to the purchase!

These machines offer a unique (and cheap) flying experience that sure looks fun. As a kid, I would have flown one in a heartbeat and my mom would have said, "No chance!" Thankfully, these vehicles now fall under the new sport pilot rule that requires specific training, testing and a checkride based on the practical test standards. The Gazette article references Josh Wooding's website which has some information about powered parachute flying along with a lot of great pictures.

Wooding feels that powered parachutes could potentially be employed for activities such as search and rescue. As we've reported, Wooding isn't the first person to consider using LSAs for emergency missions. Having done some search and rescue work for CAP myself, I can certainly see the utility of an open cockpit aircraft that can fly slowly enough to take a good long look at a search area. Maybe these guys are on to something. We'll keep you posted.