While a 3,600-pound weight limit has been making the rounds on social and traditional media, that number is far from an absolute at this point in time. “The discussions thus far have been about concepts,” an EAA spokesperson told Flying. “It's also important to note that this is the light-sport aircraft certification for the aircraft, not to be confused with sport pilot certification for the pilot. Right now, under the current LSA/sport pilot rule, the 1,320 pound weight limit is the maximum weight of aircraft that can be operated under a sport pilot certificate. If that linkage would remain in any new rulemaking,” some aircraft heavier than 1,320 pounds that meet specific performance parameters would be eligible for operation by sport pilots. “Stall speed, complexity, cruise speed and other factors would be in play as well, so it’s not as simple as weight = sport pilot eligibility,” EAA added.