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Phillip Lockwood

Phillip began his aviation career as a graduate of Florida Institute of Technology’s specialized School of aeronautics in 1982 with a bachelor of science in Air Commerce and Flight technology.

He has been an active pilot since 1978 with over 3,000 hours accumulated in more than 100 different types of aircraft. Phillip has much experience in the field of evaluating and improving the performance and control harmony of Light Sport Aircraft.

An avid Photographer, Phil was drawn into the world of wildlife photography and filming in 1985 with an offer to assist Des and Jen Bartlett in The Namib desert of South Western Africa as they worked on a cover story for National Geographic magazine and a one hour film special called Survivors of the Skeleton Coast.  Phil also flew camera missions for Survival Anglia and BBC.

Drawing on his experience as a wildlife camera plane pilot Phillip designed and built the first Air Cam, an innovative twin-engine camera plane, for a special National Geographic research project about the Ndoki Rain forest in northern Congo. Later, Phillip over saw the development and production of the Air Cam, as a fast build kit plane which is currently produced by Phillip’s Lockwood Aircraft Corp.  The popularity of the AirCam continues to grow along with the enticing AirCam videos that promote flying just for fun!

Phillip also serves as president and CEO of Lockwood Aviation Supply, a company he founded in 1989, now the largest Service Center for Rotax Aircraft engines in North America and a major source for all types of Aircraft parts and accessories for the Homebuilt and light aircraft market.   Another company, Lockwood Aviation Repair, is the only FAA licensed repair station (L2DR339H) that specializes, specifically, in the repair and overhaul of Rotax Aircraft engines.

Since 1992 Phillip has donated much of his time to the development of improved operation and maintenance procedures for Rotax aircraft engines and the teaching of these methods offering his popular Rotax service seminars at aviation events across the country including EAA AirVenture and Sun’n Fun. Also located in Sebring FL is Phil’s Rotax training school which has become the number one choice of pilots, builders and mechanics seeking Rotax approved technical training.

Phillip is also an avid Seaplane pilot and serves that community as the Current President of the Seaplane Pilots Association and chairman of the Seaplane pilots Foundation.

Phillip was one of the founders of the Sebring LSA Expo in 2004, a successful tradeshow based in Sebring which continues on today.

He has served as a board member of LAMA, the Light Aircraft Manufactures Association since 2003.

In 2013 Phil was inducted into EAA’s Sport Aviation Hall of Fame.
Phil is also the current president and an active member of the Sebring EAA chapter 1240.