Abu Dhabi: The General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA), under Federal decree, announced on Wednesday a regulation for Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) in the UAE.

The LSA is a growing general aviation sector offering aviation enthusiasts access to flight, the statement showed.“LSA are light, non-complex aircraft that meet specific requirements and are authorised to operate along with an approved flying club membership,” according to GCAA.

GCAA said that in terms of geographical size, the UAE airspace is one of the busiest in the world. “The LSA implementation is conscious of the security, commercial and general aviation interests and future release of airspace and cross country routing for general aviation is planned,” said GCAA. The regulation will be published into a Notice of Proposed Amendment (NPA) that will remain open for 12 months allowing for comment and NPA will provide clear expectations for everyone to follow to ensure safety, security and standardisation in UAE skies.

The GCAA vision is to achieve safe, secure and sustainable general aviation community within the UAE.