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The Ultralight Aeroplane Transition Strategy was signed in January, 1997. This document introduced a new definition of Ultralight Aeroplane using a gross weight. The maximum takeoff weight, or gross weight, must be equal to or less than 544kg (1200 lbs), have a stall speed of 45mph or less, and have a calculated minimum useful load. Basic ultralights are not allowed to carry passengers. The current Advanced Ultralight is now included in the Ultralight category (C-I registered). As long as the advanced ultralight aircraft complies with TP10141, passenger carrying is allowed if the pilot has an RPP or higher license.
By December, 1997, there had been very few ultralight aeroplanes registered using the new definition. Now that the strategy has been in place for awhile, many pilots are finishing their projects and need to complete their paperwork. With the help of Louise Knox of Transport Canada, I have detailed the process to help you register, or reregister, your ultralight aeroplane.
Also included in this Strategy is the privilege of the holder of the Ultralight Pilot Permit to fly any aeroplane which fits the definition of Ultralight Aeroplane; that is, 1200 lb amateur built or certified aircraft are allowed to be flown by UL pilots. Currently UL pilots are not allowed to carry passengers; however, two pilots may fly together in a basic two place or Advanced Ultralight. Transport Canada has a copy of this document on their Recreational Aviation web page.
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