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Old 11-18-2013, 01:53 PM
RFSchaller RFSchaller is offline
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Thanks, Scott. BTW after my post I looked for a reference on the 1320 legal limit not including the extra weight of a BRS, but I couldn't find one. I know that when LSA was initiated that was specified. Does anybody know if FAA is counting the BRS weight in the gross weight limit?
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Old 11-18-2013, 06:33 PM
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Are you sure you aren't thinking of Part 103 ultralight category?
They allow 24 lbs over the 254 lb weight limit for an emergency chute.
Many of the models sold over the years required a chute because it helped meet the max weight when adding brakes etc (17 lb chute left 7 more pounds available for added extras)
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Old 11-18-2013, 08:00 PM
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It's possible, but I would sworn the 1320 excluded "safety features". It wouldn't be the first time I was wrong, and I know it wouldn't be the last.

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Old 11-20-2013, 09:44 PM
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If the 1320# excluded the safety features I think Flight Design would have done it for the CT because they "approved" 2 Swiss registered CT's in excess of 1600# for their around the world flight a few years ago. That tells me the plane is good for more than 1320#.

The only exclusion I am aware of for safety features is the one the FAA gave to Icon earlier this year for the added weight of their spin prevention design.
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Old 11-20-2013, 09:57 PM
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I've been involved with LSA rules from the beginning. To the best of my knowledge, there has never been any, "across the board" weight exemptions for safety devices.

I'm pretty sure you are thinking about part 103 ultralights.
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Old 11-20-2013, 10:47 PM
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There you have it - another figment of my over active imagination! Sorry for the bum info!
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