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Aero-TV: Stunning Perspectives -- Lockwood's AirCam (Part 1)

One Of The Seven Wonders Of The Aeronautical World

Ask ANN's Jim Campbell, a guy who may have flown more unique aircraft types than anybody on Planet Earth, what some of his favorite airplanes are and one name, in particular, will come up quickly -- The Lockwood AirCam.

What's an AirCam?

The Air-Cam is a unique, twin-engine, light aircraft, with impressive STOL capabilities (and even more impressive manners) that include the ability to fly into short, unimproved airstrips or operated safely over the most challenging terrain on the globe. Two decades ago the National Geographic Society commissioned the design and construction of the AirCam, and the serial #1 was shipped to the Congo and flown for National Geographic by Phil Lockwood.

Phil then put the aircraft into production, though he eventually went on to pursue other interests. In mid-2006 Lockwood regained ownership of the AirCam design rights (previously years held by Leza Aircraft). After Lockwood’s facility was expanded to make room for the new venture, tooling and inventory was moved across Sebring airport. In the deal, Phil and his staff took over not only AirCam, but also the very popular Drifter series. Both aircraft have re-entered serial production.

In the 200 HP (Rotax 912S) version, the AirCam boasts some impressive stats. It has a gross weight of 1680 lbs, an empty weight of 1040 lbs, and a stall speed of 39 mph. It has a wide cruise range... from 50 mph to a bit over 100 mph, as well as a Vne of 110 mph. The rate of climb is 1500 fpm, while 2000 fpm is possible for lighter solo operations. The single engine ROC is a solid (and VERY well-behaved) 300 fpm. On a 28 gallon tank, the AirCam has a range of 340 miles (at 70 mph), though the long range endurance mode offers flights as long as 6 hours. Takeoffs require less than 200 feet and landings can be done in as little 300 feet. Overall, though, the most amazing thing about the AirCam is the truly inspired handling qualities boasted by this aircraft... even in single-engine mode. It's easily one of the best handling airplanes currently on the market.

Aero-TV Celebrates The Amazing Capabilities of the Lockwood AirCam (Part One)!



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