Canadian Ultralight Aeroplane Regulations

The Canadian Basic Ultralight is a definition and has very few rules or restrictions. Since almost anything is allowable within this category without government oversight no passengers can be carried in a basic ultalight. The basic ultralight can be flown in day VFR only and the occupants must wear helmets. The two seat aeroplane can be used for dual instruction and 2 licensed pilots can fly together as the student or another pilot are presumed to have enough aeronautical background to make an educated evaluation of the basic airworthiness of the machine.

Basic Ultra-light Aeroplane Definition

A basic ultra-light aeroplane” means an aeroplane having no more than two seats, designed and manufactured to

  • (a) a maximum take-off weight not exceeding 544 kg (1200 lbs),

  • (b) a stall speed in the landing configuration (Vso) of 39 knots (45 mph) indicated airspeed, or less, at the maximum take-off weight

If registering a basic ultra-light aeroplane, the following minimum useful load (Mu or Wu) calculation shall be carried out:

Minimum for a single-place aeroplane

Mu = 80 + 0.3P, in kg; where P is the rated engine power in kilowatts

(Wu) = 175 + 0.5P, in lb.; where P is the rated engine power in Brake Horse Power

Minimum for a two-place aeroplane

Mu = 160 + 0.3P, in kg; where P is the rated engine power in kilowatts

(Wu) = 350 + 0.5P, in lb.; where P is the rated engine power in Brake Horse Power

The actual difference between the empty and gross weight of the aeroplane must be equal to or greater than the above calculation.

How to Register a Basic Ultralight

The first step in registering a Basic ultralight is to apply to the appropriate Transport Canada, Civil Aviation office for registration marks to be issued to the aeroplane. Registration marks will be issued in the C-I series.

When you have the registration marks for your aeroplane complete the form entitled Application for registration of ultra-light or advanced ultra-light aeroplane (form 26-0521).

  • attach the proof of ownership document (e.g. bill of sale, statement of construction from plans or raw materials);

  • include a photo of the aeroplane ID plate, clearly showing the name of the manufacturer, model and serial number;

  • include fee payment ($110.00).

  • forward the form, attachments, useful load calculation and fee to the appropriate Transport Canada, Civil Aviation office.

Transport Canada, Civil Aviation Communications Centre 1-800-305-2059

https://www.tc.gc.ca/media/documents/ca-standards/26-0521_0711-02_bo.pdf

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