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Airplanes

General aviation aircraft come in a wide variety of sizes, shapes, and colors.

Along with the different aircraft come different types of pilot licenses. To the right you will see the different types of airplanes that out members fly and links to the pilot license requirements for each.

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Factory Built Aircraft

Factory built aircraft generally seat 2, 4, or more people. Produced oy companies like Piper, Cessna, and Beech, these are the aircraft that most people think of when you mention small airplanes.

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Homebuilt Aircraft

Homebuilt, or Experimental Ametuer Built aircraft are constructed from kits or from plans. They range from small, slow, inexpensive craft to fast, aerobatic, works of art.

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Light Sport Aircraft

Light Sport aircraft may be factory or home built. They can only have one or two seats and are limited in maximum weight and speed.

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Gliders

Gliders, or Sailplanes can fly without the aid of an engine. They are typically towed aloft be a powered airplane and then released to soar on the air currents. Some glider have small engines that enable them to launch without a tow plane.

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Gyrocopters

Gyrocopters are similar to helicopters, but they cannot takeoff vertically. Their main rotor is unpowered but is spun by the air moving past. The gyros motor pushes the craft forward.

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Powered Parachutes

Powered parachutes are very basic machines in which the pilot sits in a fan powered frame suspended benieth a large parachute type wing.

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Ultralight Aircraft

Ultralights weight less than 254 lbs empty, have only one seat, and carry only 5 gallons of fuel.

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