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Are ultralight aircraft prone to crashes?

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It is difficult to compare statistics for ultralight safety since their pilots often have less experience than traditional pilots, but ultralights typically offer similar safety to conventional single-engine aircraft. In Canada, where ultralights require the same license as regular aircraft, ultralights were involved in fewer crashes than Cessna aircraft.

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Ultralight aircraft generally fall under different regulatory standards than typical single-engine aircraft in the United States and some other regions, so pilots need less training to legally fly them. However, their low flying speed can deceive pilots into thinking crashes are likely to be less dangerous. In addition, the lower flying speed of ultralights does not mitigate the mistakes inexperienced pilots sometime make, such as stalling by flying to slow.

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