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It was certified under LSA and must remain as such even in  experimental category. I wish I could change a type certified to experimental but that can't be done ( at least permanently with no restrictions).

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2 hours ago, GlennM said:

Here is a recent big one for staying S-LSA:

 

You need a Letter of Deviation Authority (LODA) to receive flight training in an experimental aircraft from a CFI.  Rent a certified plane to get your BFR?

 

I think this will be going away. I hear there is legislation in Congress to fix this and, if not, the FAA has indicated the LODA process will not be that difficult.

Something to consider but not a show stopper.

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3 hours ago, GlennM said:

Here is a recent big one for staying S-LSA:

 

You need a Letter of Deviation Authority (LODA) to receive flight training in an experimental aircraft from a CFI.  Rent a certified plane to get your BFR?

 

It seems the FAA has a fairly simple method of applying for one online, and from what I’ve heard you will receive it in about a week.

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Yes. E-LSA as it is Experimental.

Compliance may be easy, but another hoop to jump through.

How many of you E-LSAs have your Letter?

 

 

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11 minutes ago, GlennM said:

How many of you E-LSAs have your Letter?

I do.  Got it back in just a couple of days from submitting the request. 

Though it's a dumb bureaucratic exercise that adds no value at all.

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LODA's aren't hard to get.  A guy on my field just got one.  FAA was very reasonable about it.

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Mine took one week from the Louisville, FSDO.

That said, I’m still nor 100% clear on the necessity. I guess if a friend gives me a Flight Review in my E-LSA Sky Arrow, I’m covered against some technical violation of something.  I think. 

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On 7/31/2021 at 11:38 AM, FastEddieB said:

Mine took one week from the Louisville, FSDO.

That said, I’m still nor 100% clear on the necessity. I guess if a friend gives me a Flight Review in my E-LSA Sky Arrow, I’m covered against some technical violation of something.  I think. 

Actually it would be your friend that is covered. Since the FAA in their ultimate wisdom has decided that a CFI received compensation any time they provide services whether money changes hands or not.

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Does a pilot need a LODA to act as Safety Pilot?  Does a CFI need a LODA to act as Safety Pilot if no fee or other services are involved?  

Is value received if the flight is logged by the Safety Pilot or CFI?  How about if the flight is not logged?  What value accrues then?

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The new interpretation refers to "flight training", so anything considered flight training would require the LODA.  A safety pilot is not training you, so I think the LODA is not required in that setting.  Unless you are paying the CFI, then probably.  But it's the FAA so who knows.  After all they just went 180° on how things have been for decades.

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