Originally Posted by bandit
Oh and I know it isn't LSA but is ultralight in Canada, but correct me if I am wrong, it is a similar class?
If google/wikipedia is correct, under the "Advanced Ultra-light Aeroplane" category, you're limited to a maximum take-off mass of 1,232lbs, and a minimum useful load of 400lbs (assuming 912ULS 100hp engine) or 390lbs (80hp 912). If I'm reading this correctly, a minimum of a recreational pilot's license is required to fly with a passenger, although I would personally recommend a private pilot's license simply because it allows you to fly internationally.
Using the previously quoted empty weight of 750lbs, the regulations would leave you with 482lbs total to work with, which would only allow 122lbs for baggage and fuel assuming two 180lb adults in the seats.
Given my previous recommendation for the private pilot's license, I'm of the belief one might as well spend the extra $200 for the 1,550lb gross weight landing gear and be able to fully utilize the additional 268lbs of useful load that a gross weight of 1,550lbs provides when compared to AULA operation.
The higher gross weight also allows for people like myself who weight a little more (I think I weigh in around 220lbs or so with typical clothing - joys of higher than average bone density: it seems almost impossible to break a bone, but you weigh more :P )