The Clouds Lift and a New Day Dawns for LoCamp Aircraft!

We have a saying here in Wisconsin about our unpredictable climate, “If you don’t like the weather, give it a little time; it will change.”  And so it is with the course of Golden Age Aeroworks, LLC, our company formed back in 2007 to act as the US distributor for the Sport Camp series of kit aircraft developed by Aerolab of Milan, Italy.

It was only back in May that we issued a press release stating that we would no longer be serving as an Aerolab distributor, but now we are excited to announce that we have acquired all rights to the Sport Camp design and will continue to market this unique product, including the LoCamp aircraft kit already in production.

With this new business posture some things will not change, but others will.  Our operations base will remain Tri-County Regional Airport (KLNR), Lone Rock, Wisconsin.  The parts warehouse will remain at its present location near Richland Center, Wisconsin.  All business and sales activities will still go through Golden Age Aeroworks, LLC, formerly doing business as Aerolab USA, with the same phone number.  You can also reach us through the email address shown on the header of our website home page, or through the Contact menu tab.

The biggest changes we plan to implement are those which most concern prospective builders and operators of our kit aircraft: price and utility.  Over the coming months we plan to announce an increase in gross take-off weight, which will improve available useful load, and reductions in kit prices.  We are also considering selling component sub-kits separately, such as fuselage/gear, wings and firewall-forward.

Additional engine options will be investigated as well.  While we all love the Rotec R2800 radial engine, which is truly perfectly matched to the LoCamp airframe, we recognize that some builders will be looking for a lower-priced alternative which will still look great on a LoCamp airframe. We intend to be available to help with technical support and perhaps a second firewall-forward kit for an alternative engine option. 

Meanwhile, a small number of LoCamp kits are available for purchase now, and we intend to move them out of the warehouse and into builders’ shops.  The first to go will be sold at below-production-cost prices to stimulate demand and to raise capital to help fund our renewal program. This scenario will not last long.  If you have been one of those who have been seriously considering a LoCamp kit but have been deterred by the price of admission, call or email today, and let’s talk.

Ed Leineweber, Managing Member

Golden Age Aeroworks, LLC

(608) 604-6515

 

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Back From Sun N Fun And Looking Forward to Flying!

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Dennis and I spent April 5-10 in Lakeland, Florida, displaying LoCamp N527CL in the Rotec Aerosport exhibit along with Brian Kelly's R3600-powered RV8 and Steve Wolf's bare-bones Samson Mite with its R3600 out front.  It was great compnay! Thanks, Paul Chernikeeff.

 

Lot's of folks expressed great interest in the LoCamp and countelss photos were taken.  We look forward to a busy season finishing up the Phase 1 flight testing and appearing again with the Rotec Aerosport folks at Airventure in Oshkosh July 25-31.  Plan to stop by!

 

Meanwhile, contact us with any questions about our products, delivery schedules or other details.  Or better yet, visit our home base at Tri-County Regional Airport, KLNR, about 130 miles southwest of Oshkosh, Wisconsin.  Demo flights are available as soon as we are out of Phase 1.

 

Ed Leineweber

 

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Be a Golden Age Aeroworks LoCamp Beta Builder and Save

Want to save on the cost of your Golden Age Aeroworks LoCamp kit?  Consider becomeing one of our Beta Builders.  This is a special program offered to a select and limited number of our early kit builders located within 500 miles of our Wisconsin base designed to facilitate the development of our products.  In exchange for a substantial price discount, the Beta Builders agree to: 

  • Keep careful records of build time and report it to us using an online system;
  • Follow and critique the LoCamp Assembly Manual and report any problems, errors or better assembly ideas;
  • Report Helpful Hints and special assembly tools they have developed;
  • Cooperate in showing their LoCamp project to interested buyers;
  • Report progress on our Golden Age Aeroworks website projects page; and
  • Use their best efforts to complete their aircraft within an agreed time frame.

While not for everybody, this program might be just what makes your dream of building and flying a LoCamp a reality. Let's talk!

 

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LoCamp N527CL to Be Exhibited at Sun 'N' Fun!

Our first flying LoCamp production aircraft kit, N527CL, will be exhibited a Sun 'N' Fun International Fly-In and Expo, Lakeland, Florida, April 5-10, in the Rotec Aerosport exhibit, Booths N33-34.  Rotec is the manufacturer of the R2800 110 h.p. 7-cylinder radial engine which powers our aircraft.  

 

Since N527CL is still in Phase 1 test flight status, demo flights will not be possible, but visitors will be able to get a first-hand look at the LoCamp and visit with company personnel, including Aerolab designer Francesco Rizzi. I will also be on hand and would very much enjoy talking about our experiences as the first-ever LoCamp kit builders.

 

Hope to see you at Sun 'N' Fun!    Sun 'N' Fun International Fly-In and Expo

 

Ed Leineweber

 

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LoCamp N527CL Begins Flight Testing!

 

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That's me and N527CL after our second flight!

 

Persistence pays in any human endeavor, but it is an absolute necessity in experimental aircraft homebuilding.  If I ever had any doubts, the push to finish and fly N527CL, the first completion of a production LoCamp kit, certainly dispelled them.  But it has finally happened, and we are on to a full schedule of flight testing, performance verification and documentation.  What fun!

 

After a long season of engine runs, taxi-testing and tweaking the aircraft, it and I took to the December skies over our home base at Tri-County Airport (KLNR) near Lone Rock, Wisconsin, quite to the surprise and delight of our faithful airport crew, who were expecting only a high-speed taxi test.  Weather conditions were perfect; CAVU, 45° F, wind right down Runway 27 at 8 kts.  My stated objective was to get the tail up and taxi down the mile-long asphalt strip, but I was fully prepared for flight, having reviewed the first-flight test cards, tanked plenty of avgas, and donned the fire-retardant flight suit. My policy was to not set a date and time for a first flight, but to always keep my options open to make this critical personal decision in the moment, free of the pressure an expectant audience would create.

 

When the LoCamp tail came up, the airplane was ready to fly, and so was I.  All of the months and years of working steadily, if slowly, to realize this dream came to fruitiion in that moment, and the feeling was marvelous. 

 

The first flight was short, only about ten minutes, but the aircraft performed flawlessly and flew beautifully.  Light and harmonious controls combined with impressive throttle responsiveness from the Rotec R2800, making the overall aircraft performance a satisfying pleasure to experience.  I've now made a second flight, this one 30 minutes, and can only say that I am even more excited about the prospects of this aircraft enjoying an enthusiastic market acceptance.

 

Take a look at the first- and second-flight videos on this site or on our YouTube channel, including the cockpit panel video of the second flight take-off and landing. You could be having all that fun too!

 

We will continue with our flight testing to the extent possible in an open-cockpit aircraft in Wisconsin in mid-winter, and plan to be at Sun 'N' Fun in Florida in April. Meanwhile, you are always welcome to come for a visit at any time, or contact my by phone or email.

 

Ed Leineweber

(608) 604-6515

 

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