FAA Airplane Categories

Aircraft categories, with respect to the certification of aircraft, are defined as “a grouping of aircraft based upon intended use or operating limitations.”  This is a topic in need of disentanglement.  I will focus on airplane categories to establish a concise point-of-reference.

Before today, searching for this information could be very frustrating because, officially, it falls under the heading of “Airworthiness certificates: classification,” better known as 14 CFR § 21.175.  This is the only place I could find all eleven categories mentioned.

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