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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
light aircraft
▪ All gliders and light aircraft have to recover satisfactorily with the standard method.
▪ For example, Unison Industries kept an advanced electronic ignition system for light aircraft off the market.
▪ I remembered that they had never flown in a light aircraft before today.
▪ In the light aircraft groups, there is a similarity of performance.
▪ Probably because of the very much greater stick forces and lower rates of pitch occurring in most light aircraft.
▪ Read in studio Police have now named the three rugby fans who were killed when their light aircraft crashed into a field.
▪ Stable reputation Aviation experts said the plane has a reputation as a stable and reliable light aircraft.
Light aircraft

A light aircraft is an aircraft that has a maximum gross takeoff weight of or less.

Many light aircraft are used commercially for passenger and freight transport, sightseeing, photography, and other similar roles as well as personal use.

Examples of light aircraft include:

  • Cessna, the entire range of propeller-driven aircraft from the Cessna 120 up through the Cessna 208
  • Piper, all models
  • Beechcraft, the models such as the Beechcraft Bonanza and the Beechcraft Baron that are not jet propelled.
  • Others such as Cirrus Design's SR20 and SR22, the GippsAero GA8 Airvan, the Aviat Husky, the Robin DR400, and the civil aviation Grumman Aircraft.

Examples of aircraft that are at the maximum gross takeoff weight for this category include the de Havilland Canada DHC-6 Twin Otter and Beechcraft B200 Super King Air.

Usage examples of "light aircraft".

There was a flight restriction for all light aircraft this close to the D.

As soon as he'd started executing his hard turn toward Turkey, Yuri had slammed the throttles full forward on the Foxhound, kicking the light aircraft up to MacH 2.

Thor shuddered as he thought of the fuel the light aircraft was sucking down.

Despite two buffeting passes, the light aircraft continued inbound on Cuba.

So what Im going to do is go back to the Dai Ichi Building and inform the Supreme Commander that General Pickering asked to see me here to meet his son, and to ask for the use of a light aircraft.

El Coronel Frade had quickly become an advocate for the use of light aircraft in the army, and during the 1941 annual maneuvers (he had become by then Commanding Officer of the Hiisares de Pueyrredon Cavalry Regiment, following in the steps of his father and his grandfather, who had founded the regiment), he had used Piper Cubs for reconnaissance and for message delivery.

We would hope to get in where the aircraft had crashed as the ground might now be flattened, but what if it was still a ball of flame or just a light aircraft?

Boatloads of cameramen appeared as if by magic, along with a horde of reporters in light aircraft and helicopters.

Then he leads you through a gauntlet of smugglers who strafe a boatload of illegal immigrants from light aircraft while they're speeding down a river in a seventy-year-old boat.

The belt wasn't going to do a hell of a lot of good with a side-facing seat bolted onto the frame of a light aircraft.

Often there was no bed at all but the mud floor of a grass hut, the cramped seat of a light aircraft or the dirty wooden deck of a small launch threading its way through the swamps and sand-bars of a remote African river.