Growing in popularity in recent years, the market for Ultralight aircraft is increasing in size each day. Their popularity may be attributed to many factors, including but not limited to the fact that a medical certificate is not required to operate them. In fact, no formal pilots license is required either, although professional flight training is highly recommended! The FAA sets forth some restrictions for ultralight vehicles, however, including a gross weight limitation of 254 lbs if powered, and 155 lbs if unpowered. Airspeeds can not exceed 55 kts, stall speeds must not exceed 24 kts, fuel capacity must remain at or below 5 gallons, and the aircraft can only seat one occupant.
Ultralight aircraft are typically extremely affordable, allowing many who would otherwise not be able to maintain ownership of an aircraft the chance to own.