Air-Cam upgrades unveiled

Lockwood Aircraft Co. has unveiled a float package for its Air-Cam.

In other upgrades, the company’s engineers have redesigned the engine mounts to accommodate turbocharged 115-hp Rotax 914 powerplants; created updates for the latest 100-hp 912S engines; as well as developed partial and full enclosures to better shield aft-seat occupants.

“While floats have been fitted to many of the 130 Air-Cams currently registered, these additions were not factory developed,” said Phil Lockwood, owner. “Now, following work with Montana Floats of Libby, Montana, and Clair Sceli of Clamar Technologies, we have created an all-new float package, including all mounting hardware.”

The new Air-Cam Floatplane will on display at the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida, later this month and at April’s Sun ‘n Fun in Lakeland, Florida.

In addition to work on the float system, Air-Cam staff has been busy with other developments to the sport twin, including: Development of a new 914 turbo engine package with constant speed reverse pitch props for float-equipped Air-Cams; development of a new camera mount for high-def video cameras; and updates to all AirCam manuals.

“We have much more work planned,” said Lockwood, “and a full enclosure for the Air-Cam is near the top of the list for 2009. It would have been nice to get it done for this winter but it’s just not possible. However, we do expect to have an enclosure available in time for next winter’s flying. We will also be working to develop a way of improving the airflow around the rear seat without the need for a full enclosure.”

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