The Ultrasport 496 was designed to meet the FAA regulations as an amateur built kit (FAA 21.191(g)). A Special 495 lbs. empty weight ultralight trainer version is available by special order. The ultralight trainer can be exempted under part 103 for two seat ultralight instruction. The first flight of the 496 was completed in July, 1995. It has since undergone complete flight trials and features a powerful 102hp engine. The 496s include dual controls as standard equipment.