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Monday, 04 May 2009 19:34 Last Updated on Wednesday, 06 May 2009 19:30
New Upgrades for Lockwood’s Air-Cam Include Factory Fitted Floats
The Sebring, Florida based Lockwood Aircraft Company has produced several upgrades to their Air-Cam. One of the upgrades sees the introduction of a float system, produced in conjunction with specialists Montana Floats of Libby, Montana and Clair Sceli of Clamar Technologies, based in Ontario, Canada. Lockwood have around 130 Air-Cams currently flying of which many have been fitted with floats as a third part addition. Obviously Lockwood have listened to its customers and not wanting to miss an opportunity has commenced providing the float system as a factory fitted option.
In addition to the float system other improvements for the float-equipped Air-Cam include a redesigned set of engine mounts needed to accommodate a new turbocharged 115hp (86kW) Rotax 914 power plant with constant speed reverse pitch propellers. The debut showing of the new factory built float plane was expected in January of this year at the Sebring Sport Aviation Expo.
Lockwood has also updated the engine mountings on its range of 100hp Rotax 912S variant and for all you budding YouTube fans they have introduced a camera mount for High Definition cameras. During 2009, Lockwood also has plans to introduce a fully enclosed cabin for their aircraft and is expected to be available before winter 2009. Interestingly the Air-Cam was originally designed to undertake aerial photography and filming work over jungles for the National Geographic Society. The resultant design included accommodation for a pilot and camera operator and for additional safety was equipped with twin engines and became quite popular as a kit-built aeroplane.