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FAA Grants LODA to Lockwood for Multiengine Seaplane Rating
April 11, 2019 - The FAA granted Lockwood Aircraft a letter of deviation authority (LODA) allowing the company to begin offering add-on multiengine seaplane training to owners of AirCams in the factory airplane in Florida.
The LODA, which was presented to Lockwood Aircraft owner Phil Lockwood at the SUN 'n FUN International Fly-In & Expo, follows an EAA-supported deviation to policy announced in February that allows AirCam owners to use their aircraft to take a practical test to add a multiengine seaplane rating, given that it is equipped with floats and not equipped with feathering propellers.
Sean Elliott, EAA vice president of advocacy and safety, called for further progress to be made with training under LODA and said he was pleased to see Lockwood Aircraft receive one.
"The AirCam is one of many experimental types with a community of owners that will greatly benefit from training/certification in that specific type of aircraft," Sean said. "Having to pursue standard category venues for additional ratings just does not make sense from either a safety or economic standpoint. Allowing owners to receive training in a factory airplane is a good next step in making training more available and accessible for the AirCam community."