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EASA CS-VLA is the European Aviation Safety Agency Certification Specification for Very Light Aircraft.
The Very Light Aircraft (VLA) aircraft certification category introduced in 2003 by the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) is intended to make it easier and less costly to get full European certification of a general aviation aircraft. The somewhat relaxed certification procedure is available for aircraft satisfying the following criteria:
- Maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of not more than 750 kg
- One or two seats maximum
- Maximum Stall speed in the landing configuration (VS0) of no more than 83 km/h (45 knots)
- Approved for day-VFR visual flight rules conditions only
- Certified in the Normal Category only, all aerobatics manoeuvres including intentional spinning are prohibited
The main part of professional pilots training is done on EASA CS-23 specification, which also allows for flying under IFR and NVFR conditions.
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