Hogey, Here's a comment for you:
I just finished my AirCam (on amphibs) and will tell you that I have been flying since I was 12...(now coming up on 50 years since my first log entry), have flown 50 or more different types of airplanes (including helicopters), and can state categorically, that this is the most fun I have ever had flying. It' s what I dreamed of as a kid... (well...most of the time).
Low and slow over the jungle and swamps and shoreline takes me back 40 years to a time when I was thinking things like "hope I don't get shot down right here" and " where will I put it if it quits right here".... the AirCam is all the thrill of the low level ride without the accompanying anxiety. It's a warm weather bird.... especially for back seaters, but WOW does it perform and it is pure JOY OF FLIGHT....
I also fly a T-6 and a Twin Beagle, but if I had to sell two of the three right now it would be the other two..!!
The quality of the kit is very high... this aircraft coudl be certified. It's rugged and very well engineered for its purpose. It performs very well on floats (off the water in 5 seconds :-) and even better on wheels. Phil Lockwood is to be commended for his vision and attentionto detail.
The AirCam has been used by me for a research project in the Adirondack Park for the past 5 years, and had sampled water for a nitrogen deposition study from lakes as small as 250 feet across. That AirCam was equipped with Montana 2200 amphib floats. In doing this research, we started out limiting ourselves to lakes 500 feet and larger for the first several summers, but we needed to take samples from smaller lakes so I built another AirCam with the 914 Turbo engines and a lighter set of Montana 2200 floats, which gave us access to smaller lakes.
The 914 Turbo AirCam let us get into (and out of) lakes as short as 250 feet. Weight is everything when it comes to performance, and so I built a third AirCam on Montana amphib floats using the 912 s engines again, and that airplane now weighs in at 1412 pounds. It is about to get 12 pounds lighter yet as I'm going to remove two gyros and replace them with glass.
The turbo AirCam is north and the 912s AirCam is south, so no matter where I am, I have an AirCam to fly! I also have a Lake Renegade, but the AirCams are getting the most use these days, and as the photos and article in the January Flying suggest, they are more fun to fly than anything else I have flown!
The AirCam is a lot of fun. I own one with 912S engines.
It is a great flying experience ... even if you are a little cold some of the time. Flew mine home from Las Vegas area to Central Texas 16.7 hours late August early September and will never forget that experience!
If you get a chance for a ride take it you will love it!
The AirCam owners and the folks at the factory are a great group to be around. Phil and his crew have done an outstanding job.
Jim AirCam #40