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I have been trying to find a list of granted LODAs to get this question answered. No joy. I am considering purchasing a Sling TSI E-AB. It would be great to be able to instruct in it for compensation.

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  • $\begingroup$ This one? airplanefactory.com/aircraft/sling-2-kit And this LODA? fsims.faa.gov/wdocs/8900.1/… $\endgroup$ – CrossRoads Dec 18 '18 at 14:19
  • $\begingroup$ From my reading of it, the LODA does not cover giving primary instruction. But it's my first time seeing it. I own/fly a certificated plane, and it was never a problem getting instruction in it, experimental is a new area to look into. $\endgroup$ – CrossRoads Dec 18 '18 at 14:35
  • $\begingroup$ The odds are not in your favor. :( $\endgroup$ – Juan Jimenez Dec 18 '18 at 20:19
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You may have to contact the FAA directly to get an answer on that but it seem like an unlikely case. Since you are looking for a LODA that covers "training flights" you would need a LODA SFA

D. LODA Special Flight Authorization (LODA SFA). A Flight Standards office normally issues a LODA in cases where frequent operations of a specific nature occur over a protracted period of time. However, there may be situations such as ferry flights, sales demonstration flights, and training flights where the 60-day requirement may not be feasible. For these situations, a Flight Standards office may issue a LODA SFA on a case-by-case basis for specific flights. A LODA SFA is a LODA authorizing an operator to accomplish short-term operations (normally a maximum of 30 days) in accordance with 14 CFR part 91, and can be issued for the following:

LODA SFA's are short term as discussed later on, specially they are typically 30 days in duration

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2) A LODA SFA is conducted in accordance with part 91 rules. The maximum duration of a LODA SFA is normally 30 days.

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To regularly provide instruction in the aircraft you mention you would effectively have to continuously apply for a LODA SFA on a rolling basis, something the FAA likely will stop approving eventually. I would say that your use case does not really fall under the broader spirit of the regulation

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LODAs to all of part 125 are issued for operational uniqueness

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Although you could make a case if you were offering training to others specifically looking to buy that aircraft. If you are just looking to offer flight instruction the FAA is likely to tell you to go find an approved airframe and play by the rules. I cant find an exact price for a sling kit but Im seeing north of 100K for built ones, even if the kit costs half of that @ 50K you can get a whole lot of 172 or Cherokee 160 for that price and offer instruction without the hassle of special authorization (above whats normally needed).

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