I-Tec Requests Exemption for Maverick LSA
I-Tec Maverick at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2010
I-Tec, manufacturer of the Maverick roadable powered parachute special light-sport aircraft (S-LSA), has filed a petition for exemption to permit an additional weight allowance. The increase would be similar to that allowed for amphibious LSA – 1,320 to 1,430 pounds – and the weight allowance already granted to Terrafugia. The exemption is requested to allow the Maverick LSA to include structures, systems, and instruments necessary for it to safely operate in both the air and on the ground.
The petition filed by I-Tec founder Stephen Saint argues that a multimedium vehicle such as a roadable powered parachute needs a small increase in allowable gross weight solely and only to offset a relatively small portion of the additional weight required of any practical multimedium vehicle that can both drive and fly. He provides a list of items that are required to make the vehicle roadable, resulting in added weight compared to a traditional powered parachute. The request asks only for an increase of 110 pounds in the allowable gross weight for the Maverick. The current ASTM standards don’t have to be changed in any way.
In support of the argument that this exemption would be in the public interest and benefit, the petition includes a list of over 20 possible uses for the Maverick. The unique properties of a roadable powered parachute also capable of off-road operations make it a candidate for missions often conducted by helicopter. The Maverick would save costs and require less training. It could be operated with safety due to the inherent nature of powered parachutes, the robust chromoly fuselage structure, and the integrated controls used for both flight and ground operations. Missions such as border patrol, disaster evaluation, emergency evacuation, search and rescue, and delivery of critical supplies top the list.