SSDR FAQs

UK - SSDR | US - Light Sport Glider

In the UK the SSDR initiative removes all unnecessary regulation on sub 300kg microlights and opens a door allowing smaller self-launching “cross-over” soarable microlights to be developed at much lower cost. This reduces the retail purchase price, reduces the ongoing cost of ownership, and reduces the pilot licensing bureaucracy.

Any microlight aeroplane that:

  • is designed to carry one person;
  • has a maximum take-off mass of no more than:
    • 300 kg for a single seat landplane (or 390 kg for a single seat landplane of which 51% was built by an amateur, or non-profit making association of amateurs, for their own purposes and without any commercial objective, in respect of which a Permit to Fly issued by the CAA was in force prior to 1 January 2003); or
    • 315 kg for a single seat landplane equipped with an airframe mounted total recovery parachute system; or
    • 330 kg for a single seat amphibian or floatplane; and
  • has a stall speed or minimum steady flight speed in the landing configuration not exceeding 35 knots calibrated airspeed.

Yes, the requirements to register and insure your aircraft remain unchanged as the exemption only refers to deregulation for airworthiness purposes. If you make use of the exemption you will need to inform your insurance company.

Yes, providing the aeroplane conforms with the criteria set out within the exemption and it is not already covered by European Regulations that govern its design and construction.

Yes, the applicable pilot licensing and medical requirement remains unchanged.

The CAA has produced a new exemption that applies to all single seat microlights that are deregulated for airworthiness purposes (ORS4 No. 1024). If you make use of the exemption you will not need a noise certificate.

External link to CAA SSDR page

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