Three Seat AirCam – Not an April Fool's Joke!


As reported in a press release last week, AirCam is unveiling their new three-seater at Sun ‘n Fun this week, and we got our first look as the show opened on Tuesday morning, and the wraps came off. Sure enough – the airplane is no joke, and now you can fly with two of your best friends in the twin-engine airplane that is known for great visibility and lots of fun.

Phil Lockwood, president of AirCam, told us that the advent of the big-bore Rotax engine kits is one of the reasons that the third seat is now possible. The addition of 15 horsepower on each of the two engines added enough power to make the airplane viable for the extra weight – and even maintain Lockwood’s goal of making the airplane safe even for single-engine operations.

In order to add the third seat and provide comfortable foot wells for the rear seater, some modifications are being made to the standard fuselage, there is some beef-up to the main landing gear attach structure, the landing gear legs are stronger, and additional doublers are provided for seat belt mounting.

We plan a complete review of the latest AirCam in an upcoming issue of Kitplanes Magazine.

In the meantime, here is Mar Cook’s video report:

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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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