Fondly referred to as a “swarm,” (see also: “gaggle”) a group of AirCam owners and enthusiasts descended on Jekyll Island during the weekend of May 21-23, 2021. Over a dozen AirCams were joined on the ramp at the Jekyll Island Airport (09J) by another half-dozen aircraft participating in the gathering. Several newcomers quickly became family, with owners and enthusiasts celebrating the emergence of another “AirCam smile” following a demonstration flight around Jekyll Island and low-and-slow sightseeing along the beaches of nearby Cumberland Island. There wasn’t an empty seat in sight at Phil Lockwood’s safety briefing and seminar on low-altitude flying and the crowd returned at dinnertime for a group gathering of more than 60 people! On behalf of our crew, we were delighted to spend time with the AirCam family after a lengthy hiatus from our storied gatherings. Our party was extremely grateful for the hard working staff at the Jekyll Island Club Resort. From all of us at Lockwood Aircraft, we sincerely appreciate your patronage. Thank you so much for being a part of the AirCam adventure!
Lockwood Aircraft Corp. has gotten approval from the FAA to do training toward an MES rating and the checkride for that rating in our LODA-authorized AirCam.
We have an MEI instructor on staff for you to achieve this, the "rarest of ratings." We also have a DPE available for your checkride. All of this can be done in our Sebring area. This is open to anyone who has an unrestricted MEL rating. We also prefer that you already have a SES rating as well in order to finish in the normal 5 hour plus checkride time. This can normally be done spending less than $4,000.(plus applicable taxes)
With a gross weight of 1900 lbs., seating for three and two 115hp engines, the new Gen 3 AirCam is sure to impress! Below is an excerpt from the March 2019 press release introducing the new model:
AirCam News and Updates
New Gen-3 model airframes have the option of incorporating a third seat located behind the second seat and a 220-pound gross weight increase from the current 1,680-pound max gross weight to 1,900 pounds. “The new jump seat will be quickly removable to convert between cargo and and third passenger,” added Lockwood.