FAQ Answer

FAQ Answer

Which aeroplanes may make use of the exemption?

Any microlight aeroplane that:

a) is designed to carry one person;

b) has a maximum take-off mass of no more than:
i) 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
ii) 315 kg for a single seat landplane equipped with an airframe mounted total recovery parachute system; or
iii) 330 kg for a single seat amphibian or floatplane; and

c) has a stall speed or minimum steady flight speed in the landing configuration not exceeding 35 knots calibrated airspeed.

Single Seat Deregulated Microlights (SSDR)

  1. Which aeroplanes may make use of the exemption?
  2. How can I determine the stall speed of an aircraft in terms of calibrated airspeed?
  3. Can a lightweight aircraft that is not presently a microlight be classified as a Single Seat Deregulated Microlight Aeroplane (SSDR) if it meets the exemption criteria?
  4. Does the SSDR exemption mean that I can design and build a single seat microlight aeroplane without prior approval by the CAA?
  5. Do I still need to register and insure my microlight?
  6. I own a single seat microlight which meets the new SSDR requirements but has not held a Permit to Fly for many years, what do I need to do to fly it again?
  7. Can I modify my aircraft without obtaining approval from the CAA, BMAA or LAA?
  8. Who determines if the aircraft is eligible to fly under the exemption?
  9. Do I have to observe the same operating limitations as previously specified on the Permit to Fly or Type Approval Data Sheet (TADS) etc?
  10. Do I still have to comply with mandatory airworthiness requirements, such as Mandatory Permit Directives?
  11. Can I modify a two seat machine to become a single seat microlight aeroplane?
  12. Does my single seat microlight aeroplane still have to be inspected annually by a BMAA or LAA inspector?
  13. Does the SSDR exemption include self-launching motorgliders?
  14. Does the SSDR exemption apply to gliders and rotorcraft?
  15. Do I still need a valid pilot’s licence to fly a deregulated microlight?
  16. Can I use my deregulated single seat microlight for commercial hire or remunerated training purposes?
  17. I want to continue to fly using my valid Permit to Fly during the period prior to the ANO change, is this possible?
  18. Can I still fly overseas without prior permission in countries where the long-standing European Civil Aviation Conference (ECAC) arrangements apply?
  19. Do I still need to keep my aeroplane’s Noise Certificate?
  20. I note that I can convert a two-seat microlight to single seat in order to qualify as an SSDR, but can I also declare a reduced MTWA in order to take advantage of the SSDR category?
  21. I have a lightweight landplane that also meets the definition of a single seat microlight aeroplane. Can I make use of the SSDR exemption?
  22. I am building a new design of aircraft as an SSDR. How can I make a declaration that it is an SSDR prior to having determined the stall speed is 35kts CAS or less?