Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) Project

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Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) Project

Project Components


For the past several years, the Messiah College Flying Club has been designing an aircraft that fits into the FAA's new Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) category. In the spring of 2006, the Genesis team (now the Transportation Group) accepted the Flying Club's offer to work on the engine and propeller reduction drive for the new aircraft. Since then, the Transportation Group has taken the lead on the design and manufacturing of the aircraft's major systems. Current projects (Spring 2012) include working on the folding wing design, completing the suspension, and integrating the new engine into the fuselage. The purpose of the aircraft is to substantially reduce the cost of medical missions flights in developing countries. The plane should also be very useful for training and general utility work.

Purpose statement

To design, manufacture, and assemble the necessary components for a low-cost Light Sport Aircraft (LSA) that is suitable for use in the mission field.


  • To finish testing and mounting of the HKS 700E engine on the fuselage by the end of the Fall 2012 semester.
  • To finish fabrication and testing of the suspension by the end of the Fall 2012 semester.
  • To assess and fabricate the exhaust system, gas tank, and radiator by February 2013.
  • Transfer electrical instrumentation and components to the dashboard by May 2013.
  • To finish construction of the wings and prepared for installation by May 2013.

Project Type

Research Project


  • Project proposed by Dr. Donald Pratt to the MC Flying Club, Spring 2005
  • Powerplant project accepted by Genesis team in the Spring of 2006
  • Rotamax engine testing and instrumentation completed as a senior project in 2007
  • Fuselage was designed and welded together during the summer of 2007
  • Cooling, exhaust, and mounting systems designed for the Rotamax engine from 2007 - 2008
  • Rotamax engine was integrated with the fuselage from 2007 - 2008
  • Belt reduction drive was designed for the Rotamax engine from 2008 - 2009
  • Rotamax company goes out of business; engine grounded Summer of 2009 see Rotamax history
  • A new engine is acquired near the end of the Fall 2010 semester
  • Final design for the folding wing was completed in the Spring 2011
  • Acquired permanent propeller, Fall 2011.
  • Began engine tests Spring 2012.
  • Project relegated solely to Collaboratory in Fall 2013


Project Advisor

  • Dr. Donald Pratt

Project Leader



Interesting web pages to check out


Project Proposal Article

06-07 Project Planning Article

07-08 Project Planning Article

08-09 Project Planning Article

09-10 Project Planning Article

10-11 Project Planning Article

11-12 Project Planning Article

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