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Lockwood Aircraft Corp.

Lockwood Aircraft is the builder of two of light aviation's best-recognized flying machines: AirCam and the Drifter line. Most sport aviators already know the Lockwood brand, a leader in Rotax maintenance and aircraft services.

Ultralight pilots know the Drifter well, as one of the most durable and fun flying airplanes in the light aviation fleet. A range has been built and Lockwood Aircraft can offer kits on an ordered basis for most models, including the deluxe Rotax 912-powered Super Drifter. On wheels or floats, Drifter is a great aerial sports car. Outside the USA, Drifter has proven its tough and long-lasting design by perform workhorse duties like banner towing or tourism flights.

Note: The upper left photo shows nine AirCam aircraft enjoying a flyout to Cedar Key in 2010.

While they'll be happy to ship you a Drifter kit, Lockwood Aircraft's closest attention is paid to their one-of-a-kind AirCam. This marvelous machine (I earned my multiple-engine rating in an AirCam) has attracted an intensely loyal following from more than 150 owners who enjoy it's unique flying characteristics. AirCam can fly low — in good safety — over terrain that has others flying too high to see the detail well. The design was developed for National Geographic filming over the dense jungles of Africa. AirCam operates so effectively on one engine that it can even takeoff with one engine, a feat unheard of among twin-engine aircraft. This superb ability from a sporting aircraft gives AirCam a safety margin. In flight, shutting down one engine barely changes the flight characteristics, making twin engine operation well within the capability of most pilots.

If going aloft for the fantastic view is one of the special experiences of flying, then going aloft in an AirCam is about as good as it gets. Flying low over terrain you'd never consider in another aircraft, crossing bodies of water (or forests in Africa) and the confidence to see America from an altitude that lets you take it all in are but a few reasons to think AirCam. A twin-engine aircraft, you must build the kit and fly it as an Experimental Amateur-Built aircraft. Team Lockwood is well prepared to help with the task, offering a Super Quick Build kit and backing that with some the light aircraft industry's finest technical support. Twin Rotax engines use less than 10 gallons an hour and run with exceptional smoothness thanks to Lockwood's careful design. If you haven't flown an AirCam you have not experienced all aviation has to offer. My advice? Take a demo flight ASAP!

Lockwood Aircraft Corp.

Web Site: www.aircam.com/
eMail: info@aircam.com
Address: 1 Lockwood Lane
(Also see: http://www.lockwood.aero)
Phone: (863) 655-4242

Links to Aircraft and Articles

Super Drifter 912    Add to favorites list
  $8.95 Drifter 912 (06/07)
"Super Drifter 912 Is Back Home" by Dan Johnson. Published in Light Sport and Ultralight Flying, June, 2007.
 
Pilot Report begins: Things can change and yet stay the same. You can comprehend this paradox by considering the tandem 2-seat Drifter. Drifter production is under new management by someone many regard as a "rightful owner." Yet the basic flying qualities of the Drifter design are basically unchanged. As 2007 started, Phil Lockwood again has all rights to the Drifter as part of a design, tooling, and inventory deal that rescued the Drifter and 2-seat twin-engine Air Cam from an uncertain future with investor Antonio
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  SPLOG AirCam, Drifter... Dust Settles; We Have a Winner!, 07/05/2006
 
SPLOG begins: Among all airplanes I've flown the AirCam may be the most fascinating. This superlative twin-engine "ultralight" offers flying in a way few (or no) other airplanes can. (I earned my multi-engine rating in an AirCam.) Given my interest, I've followed the
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Drifter XP503/Super    Add to favorites list
  SPLOG AirCam, Drifter... Dust Settles; We Have a Winner!, 07/05/2006
 
SPLOG begins: Among all airplanes I've flown the AirCam may be the most fascinating. This superlative twin-engine "ultralight" offers flying in a way few (or no) other airplanes can. (I earned my multi-engine rating in an AirCam.) Given my interest, I've followed the
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Air-Cam (Twin Engines)    Add to favorites list
  Lockwood Aircraft -- AirCam
The amazing, incredible AirCam ... one aircraft you fly in ways you'd never fly in another airplane. How that? AirCam is an open cockpit twin engine airplane that can even take off with only one engine (though don't do this!). AirCam developer Lockwood Aircraft tested the new fuel-injected Rotax iS engine on one side with a carburetor 912 ULS on the other. How did that work? Watch this video while light aircraft expert John Hurst explains his experience flying this aircraft from Florida to Oshkosh.
  Rotax 912 iS (injected) Engine on AirCam
In 2012, Rotax brought out their new fuel-injected 912 iS engine. The leading supplier of Light-Sport Aircraft engines worked hard on this computer-controlled engine as they prepared a replacement for the venerable carburetor 912 (which remains in production). We spoke with LSA guru John Hurst who flew a twin-engine AirCam from Sebring Florida to Oshkosh and he tells about flying one of each 912 engine versions.
  SPLOG Grand LSA News Wrap-Up... Pre-Oshkosh, 07/12/2012
 
SPLOG begins: CESSNA'S DISCOVER FLYING I met new business leader for the Skycatcher LSA, Tracy Leopold , at Sun 'n Fun 2012 where she confirmed the Wichita giant's support for their lightest aircraft, now being assembled in Independence alongside other Cessna models.
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  SPLOG Doing What You Cannot Do in Most Aircraft, 10/23/2011
 
SPLOG begins: My good friend and Air-Cam developer, Phil Lockwood , likes to hold fly-outs for his customers. More than 160 kits have been delivered and built; each fly-out has attracted several of these owners. Phil and his Lockwood Aircraft associate George Weber
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  SPLOG Air-Cam Developments under Lockwood Leadership, 12/22/2008
 
SPLOG begins: Air-Cam isn't a Light-Sport Aircraft because it has two engines. OK, it's also a shade heavy but if Air-Cam could, it would be a LSA. Certainly it's "light" and "sport" compared to most twins. Regardless, it's a favorite of all the airplanes I've flown
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  SPLOG Lockwood to Help Educate A&Ps on Rotax Powerplants, 12/02/2007
 
SPLOG begins: A&P acceptance (or lack thereof) is a leading reason for Cessna's decision to use the Continental O-200D in Skycatcher. Surveys through their Cessna Pilot Centers showed that a majority of FAA-licensed mechanics preferred an engine they already know.
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  SPLOG AirCam, Drifter... Dust Settles; We Have a Winner!, 07/05/2006
 
SPLOG begins: Among all airplanes I've flown the AirCam may be the most fascinating. This superlative twin-engine "ultralight" offers flying in a way few (or no) other airplanes can. (I earned my multi-engine rating in an AirCam.) Given my interest, I've followed the
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Drifter DR447    Add to favorites list
Super Drifter XL    Add to favorites list
  $8.95 Leza Super Drifter XL
"Super Drifter XL with Rotax 912" by Dan Johnson. Published in Light Sport and Ultralight Flying, March, 2001.
 
Pilot Report begins: Considered by many to be a workhorse, the Super Drifter XL shows refinement and features that make it seem like a "luxury ultralight." Leza AirCam, the newly renamed producer of this venerable ultralight, has equipped the top-of-the-line model with nearly every option in their price list. Conclusion: While it will cost you a bundle, you should be satisfied with this ultralight for many years. How is this Super Drifter XL different from the Super Drifter that I evaluated almost 3 years ago? According
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Classic Drifter 912    Add to favorites list
  $4.95 Classic Drifter
"Classic Drifter 912" by Dan Johnson.
 
Pilot Report begins: SEBRING, Florida - Volkswagen has reintroduced the Beetle to the auto marketplace, and now one of the world’s most famous ultralights is back. From Sebring comes the Classic Drifter. If you’re a general aviation pilot who has ignored ultralights in the past, this may be the one to examine with more care. Leza-Lockwood’s new/old Classic Drifter has one poignant change: It sports a four-stroke, four-cylinder engine, the Rotax 912, which has been certified and fitted to many light aircraft. But make
 
  SPLOG Super Drifter: New Tail for Oldie-but-Goodie, 11/24/2009
 
SPLOG begins: Lockwood Aircraft 's Super Drifter open-cockpit kitbuilt plane, the resurrection of the Drifter design that was the basic concept for Phil Lockwood' s AirCam twin-engine airplane, (a unique camera platform first created for National Geographic ), is getting
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Super Drifter 912 (1998)    Add to favorites list
  $8.95 Leza Super Drifter 912
"Super Drifter" by Dan Johnson. Published in Light Sport and Ultralight Flying, August, 1998.
 
Pilot Report begins: The original Drifter was one of the ultralight industry's flagship aircraft. Hatched by early entrepreneur Dennis Franklin, the Maxair Drifter enjoyed immense popularity. Several reasons exist for the Drifter's popularity, and these were enough for Leza-Lockwood to offer a rebirth to the design. Déjà Vu All Over Again The Drifter is a tough design. The basic airframe consists of a lower boom tube that supports the pilot at the front and the large empennage at the rear with an engine
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  SPLOG Lockwood Delivering Drifter Kits; Air Cam Coming, 02/04/2007
 
SPLOG begins: When I first met Phil Lockwood , he was selling Drifters. That was more than 20 years ago. In that time the venerable Drifter ultralight went through several owners and many changes. A Drifter model even hailed from Australia for a time. But in a combined
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  SPLOG Air-Cam Developments under Lockwood Leadership, 12/22/2008
 
SPLOG begins: Air-Cam isn't a Light-Sport Aircraft because it has two engines. OK, it's also a shade heavy but if Air-Cam could, it would be a LSA. Certainly it's "light" and "sport" compared to most twins. Regardless, it's a favorite of all the airplanes I've flown
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  SPLOG AirCam, Drifter... Dust Settles; We Have a Winner!, 07/05/2006
 
SPLOG begins: Among all airplanes I've flown the AirCam may be the most fascinating. This superlative twin-engine "ultralight" offers flying in a way few (or no) other airplanes can. (I earned my multi-engine rating in an AirCam.) Given my interest, I've followed the
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