Old School New Airplane



The Lo Camp is on display here at Sun’n Fun this week, and boy, is it a beauty in a nostalgic sort of way. Cream colored with blue trim, this is a new homebuilt kit that is currently in phase 1 testing in Wisconsin. It was trucked to Florida for its debut because the company is still trying to complete its Phase 1 testing, a process slowed down by the Midwestern winters weather this year. Kitplanes hopes to fly it in a few months and will bring you a complete flight review in a coming issue.

Meanwhile, picture a classic two-hole, low-wing monoplane with leather trim on the cockpits, wooden instrument panels, and brass bezels on the gauges. But the best part – did we mention the round engine on the front? The Lo Camp is powered by the Rotec Radial, a modern incarnation of the classic radial engine that we see cropping up on more and more airplanes. The Lo Camp is a European design being imported for kit builders here in the US, and is of conventional tube and fabric construction. The wing was designed originally with a wooden spar and ribs, but this has been changed to an aluminum design (with fabric cover) to ensure consistency.

If you’re the kind of pilot looking for a classic machine and considering building another Cub, we think this might be an enticing alternative that might turn a lot of heads at the next pancake breakfast!

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Paul Dye
Paul Dye, KITPLANES® Editor at Large, retired as a Lead Flight Director for NASA’s Human Space Flight program, with 40 years of aerospace experience on everything from Cubs to the Space Shuttle. An avid homebuilder, he began flying and working on airplanes as a teen and has experience with a wide range of construction techniques and materials. He flies an RV-8 and SubSonex jet that he built, an RV-3 that he built with his pilot wife, as well as a Dream Tundra and an electric Xenos motorglider they completed. Currently, they are building an F1 Rocket. A commercially licensed pilot, he has logged over 6000 hours in many different types of aircraft and is an A&P, FAA DAR, EAA Tech Counselor and Flight Advisor; he was formerly a member of the Homebuilder’s Council. He consults and collaborates in aerospace operations and flight-testing projects across the country.


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