Multi Engine Sea Rating in the AirCam
The AirCam is an open cockpit multi engine experimental amateur-built aircraft that flies low and slow with the safety of multiple engines and plenty of horsepower. Flying the AirCam is a remarkable open air experience. You sit out if front of and on top of most of the airframe yielding unencumbered views of the world around you. The motorcycle like windshield blocks the majority of the wind giving you a ride that even allows you to wear a ball cap while flying. Lockwood Aircraft sells the kits to build an AirCam.
The WaterWings AirCam
Our AirCam was built in 2018. It is equipped with Garmin G3x Touch displays front and rear. The aircraft is specifically setup for training. Both cockpits have full flight controls and instruments. The plane is primarily operated from the front cockpit where the view is phenomenal. Both seats are heated for cooler months. Our plane is equipped with 2 Rotax 912uls engines producing 100hp each.
The History from Wikipedia
The first prototype AirCam was built in 1995. Designed by Phil Lockwood, founder of Lockwood Aircraft, it was built for the National Geographic Society for research and photography in the Ndoki Rain Forest in the northern Congo Basin. It was built to fly low and slow and to provide a wide, unobstructed view, with the additional security of a second engine. The design has since been improved while retaining the same layout.
The initial version, produced by Leza-Lockwood Corporation, was powered by twin Rotax 582 powerplants of 64 hp (48 kW) each. Twin 80 hp (60 kW) Rotax 912 and 115 hp (86 kW) 914 engines were optional. Later the 582 was eliminated, the 912 engine became standard and Leza-Lockwood's name was changed to Lockwood.
The Aircam was designed to be able to take-off on one engine if needed and the positioning of the engines close to the centerline contributes to this capability as well as its benign single engine handling.
The FAA is very strict on the rules about how you can get or give instruction in an experimental aircraft. If you own the aircraft you can pay an instructor to give you instruction in THAT aircraft. If you own an aircraft then you have to have a "Letter of Deviation Authority" from the FAA to give instruction in your aircraft if you are going to charge a fee for it. WaterWings does have a LODA (Letter of Deviation Authority) for our AirCam. This allows us to provide MES ratings as well as make and model specific and recurrent training. If you have questions on this refer to FARs 61.319
Fuel Capacity 28 gallons
Auxiliary Fuel Capacity 20 gallons
Fuel Burn 7 gallons / hour
Endurance 6 hours
Range @ 70 mph 420 miles
Length 27 feet
Wingspan 36 feet
Height on Floats 13 feet 6 inches
Engines 2x Rotax 912uls
4 Cylinder Horizontally Opposed Water Cooled
100 horsepower Each
2 Warp Drive Composite Fixed Pitch Propellers
Maximum Speed 100 mph
Cruise Speed 50-100 mph
Smooth Air 100 mph
Normal 50-85 mph
Stall 39 mph
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Steps To A Multi Engine Sea Rating
Valid US Government Photo Id (Drivers License, Military Id, or Passport)
Valid FAA 3rd Class Medical or Higher or BasicMed Qualification
Valid FAA Multi Engine Airplane Land and Single Engine Sea Private or Higher Certificate
Current Logbook for sign-offs and showing a current BFR
The Private or Commercial MES Rating in the 2018 AirCam runs $4500 and includes instructor, fuel, checkride, and all that view.
Special rates and conditions apply for instruction at sites other than Shelby Co Airport (KEET) .
Recurrency and extraneous flying @ $ 495/hr. Minimum time 1 hour
1. Get your ground school done.
We highly recommend the Gleim Aviation Seaplane Add-on Rating Course for only $29.95.GLEIM SARC. Your other option is to Buy & Read Notes of a Seaplane Instructor by Burke Mees:Order from ASA, Aircraft Spruce, or Lake & Air.
2. Print & Read all of the The AirCam Training Guide (click here)
3. Become familiar with the appropriate FAA Airman Certification Standards for either the Commercial rating being sought.
3. Contact WaterWings to arrange an appointment.
Phone 205-651-7000 or Toll-Free 1-888-I-FLY-WET (435-9938) or e-mail email@example.com
4. Paperwork: It is a good idea to have your 8710 Pilot Application (click here) completed either preferably through IACRA (click here) or the paper form (click here) For the aircraft type use EXHIB-EXPER-DOM
5. Arrive & Fly on day one with comfortable clothes, an open mind and a desire for adventure.
6. Go to www.CWDPE.com and schedule a checkride. This is primarily to get all of your information for the checkride
7. Bring Pilot License, Driver License, Logbook, Medical, W/B, 32G-64G Sd Card or Memory Stick for Videos.
Day 1: Flight Lesson #1
First, a thorough pre-flight and discussion of differences in land vs. float planes. The flight will last 2 to 3 hours, focusing on:
Getting to know the airplane on water & in the air
Studying different types of water, landing opportunities, & characteristics of each
Lots of take-offs & landings
Bush Pilot techniques
Next, it’s time to take a breather for a few hours, or the evening—and get some food! You’ll have ground school over a meal if the timing works out; otherwise it will be done somewhere that’s convenient.
Day 2: Flight Lesson #2
Get answers to any questions from ground school
Polish the last lesson’s maneuvers
Add more complicated water maneuvers, plus crosswind and glassy water take-offs & landings.
If everything is in order you’ll take the checkride, which includes about an hour of oral and an hour of flight time with the flight examiner.
ACRA FAA Electronic 8710 form --- Please have this filled out and tell us when you submit it and let me know your FTN Use EXHIB-EXPER-DOM for the AirCam.
We highly recommend the GLEIM Seaplane Add-on Rating Course for only $29.95.GLEIM SARC
Or if you prefer to read a book: Buy & Read Notes of a Seaplane Instructor by Burke Mees:
Order from ASA, Aircraft Spruce, Amazon, or Lake & Air