Categorizing aircraft can be a nightmare because there are many factors that come into play. The Federal Aviation Administration or FAA for short, offer pilots class ratings to fly a particular group of aircraft that require similar training. There are seven main categories under the FAA’s class rating system. These classes are airplane, rotorcraft, powered lift, gliders, lighter than air, powered parachute and weight-shift-control aircraft. While we won’t go into detail on some of these classes, we will go into detail on the airplane (fixed wing aircraft) and rotorcraft (rotary wing aircraft) categories. Select a category below to start learning.