Bushcaddy L-162 Max

The L-162 was developed from the Bushcaddy L-160 as a result of customer demand for a freight aircraft that could also provide room for a second row of seats behind the pilot and passenger seats. Unlike the L-160's designation, which indicates that the design engine for that model was originally a Lycoming O-320 of 160 hp (119 kW), the L-162 designation is just a numerical sequence and does not indicate horsepower.

 

The L-162 features a strut-braced high-wing, a two-seats-in-side-by-side configuration enclosed cockpit, fixed conventional landing gear, or optionally tricycle landing gear, and a single engine in tractor configuration. Floats and skis can also be fitted.

 

The aircraft fuselage is made with a frame of welded 6061-T6 aluminum square tubing, covered in 6061-T6 sheet. Its 36 ft (11.0 m) span wing employs V-struts with jury struts. The wing has an area of 189 sq ft (17.6 m2) and flaps. It can accept four-stroke powerplants from 160 to 250 hp (119 to 186 kW), with the Lycoming O-360 of 180 hp (134 kW) commonly used. Cabin access is via two fold-up doors.

 

Construction time for the factory kit is estimated at 1200 hours. Twelve examples had been completed and flown by December 2011.

 

Specifications

Crew: one
Capacity: three passengers
Length: 24 ft 4 in (7.42 m)
Wingspan: 36 ft 0 in (10.97 m)
Wing area: 189 sq ft (17.6 m2)
Airfoil: NACA 4413 (mod)
Empty weight: 1,250 lb (567 kg)
Gross weight: 2,650 lb (1,202 kg)
Fuel capacity: 48 U.S. gallons (180 L; 40 imp gal)
Powerplant: 1 × Lycoming O-320 four cylinder, air-cooled, four stroke aircraft engine, 160 hp (120 kW)

Performance

Maximum speed: 140 mph (225 km/h; 122 kn)
Cruise speed: 128 mph (111 kn; 206 km/h) at 75% power
Stall speed: 37 mph (32 kn; 60 km/h) flaps down
Range: 720 mi (626 nmi; 1,159 km)
Service ceiling: 13,000 ft (3,962 m)
G limits: +5.3/-3.2
Rate of climb: 850 ft/min (4.3 m/s)
Wing loading: 14.02 lb/sq ft (68.5 kg/m2)