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 Post subject: FS: AirCam N2322X For Sale - SOLD - The Rest of the Story
PostPosted: 17 Apr 2021, 22:42 
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N2322X is now for sale. It’s an airplane that is part old and part new, the details are below.

The airplane is in Tampa, FL. It’s hangared mostly at Peter O. Knight (KTPF) and sometimes at Tampa Executive (KVDF).

The price is already discounted by over $10,000 compared to some other AirCams you’ll see listed on barnstormers. This takes into account the age of the airplane, but what you don’t know is it’s interesting history.

The airplane was built as a factory demonstrator, with a 2000 airworthiness certificate. It was subsequently sold to a customer, shipped to Mexico, and used to tow banners. For some unknown reason the owner abandoned the airplane. Lockwood sent mechanics and a shipping container to Mexico to retrieve the airplane. They then stored the big parts in their hangar for years. I have pictures of these parts before they were reassembled.

At Osh Kosh 2019, Lockwood offered to reassemble the airplane for us (for a labor up charge over and above the sales price). The airplane only had analog instruments originally. Another customer didn’t like the 10” Dynon display and wanted a Garmin G3X. We bought his panel and Lockwood installed the glass panel during the rebuild. When we accepted the airplane and engine and logs only had 149.9 hours total time.

Lockwood promised us an airworthy, regulations compliant airplane, but it is not a “new” airplane. It has some flaws. Many of the parts and hardware are from the original build. The wing frames had been hanging on the hangar was at Sebring for years, but they installed new wing covers and did a very nice paint on the wings. Fuselage, empennage and all control surfaces are the original construction and paint. All control cables are new. The fiberglass nose cone is original, and unfortunately has a rock chip on the left side. The wing struts are original and have some wear. The Maule tail wheel was original, but quickly started to delaminate. I replaced it with a new tail wheel. The front windscreen was installed new.

The engines are also from the original build, however, Lockwood being a major east coast Rotax distributor, went through each engine and installed and balanced factory new carburetors on each engine. The whirlwind props are ok, but used. They were installed over 900 hours since new. The engines run smooth when warmed up and the temperatures are remarkably close engine to engine. The rocker covers seep a tiny amount of oil, but that’s typical of most Rotax engines.

We also installed a rear seat enclosure. We designed and engineered a Lexan/Plexiglass enclosure that works well deflecting air over the back seat. It is sturdy and has a good door for entry on the right side. The heated seats work well and draw very little voltage on the bus.

Finally, we took delivery in January 2020 and today we have put 200 hours on the airplane. It is an absolute blast to fly. I have flown it all over Florida and keep a pilots log of every flight we have made. You do need a multi-engine rating and a tail wheel endorsement to fly the airplane.

This is an honest assessment of the airplane, warts and all. Come to Tampa and I’ll take you for a ride. It burns 6 gallons/hour and cruises at 75 mph. We are selling this airplane because we are buying another AirCam.

Thanks for your interest.

Butch Gilbert
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 Post subject: Re: FS: AirCam N2322X For Sale $149,900 - The Rest of the St
PostPosted: 18 Apr 2021, 09:31 
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Love it!

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 Post subject: Re: FS: AirCam N2322X For Sale $149,900 - The Rest of the St
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Update:

Thanks for reminding me. This is a Generation 1 airplane, serial number 31.

The early models were not engineered for floats. So that is not an option on this AirCam.

Tail-Dragger Battery Tow Bar Included with sale.

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 Post subject: Re: FS: AirCam N2322X For Sale $149,900 - The Rest of the St
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Forgive me for saying this but I'd RUN away from this airplane. Not because there's anything wrong with it. Quite the opposite in fact.

I just know if I had it I'd be gone flying in it all the time, causing AIDS - Aviation Induced Divorce Syndrome! :bugeye: :eek: :lol:

That thing looks like it's an absolute hoot to fly. I wish you the best of success in moving on to a new airframe.


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 Post subject: Re: FS: AirCam N2322X For Sale $149,900 - The Rest of the St
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 Post subject: Re: FS: AirCam N2322X For Sale $149,900 - The Rest of the St
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What are the 2 switches on the left side of the panel that looks like heated seats? Love the No Smoking placard. Must be a story behind that one.


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 Post subject: Re: FS: AirCam N2322X For Sale $149,900 - The Rest of the St
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Forgive me for saying this but I'd RUN away from this airplane. Not because there's anything wrong with it. Quite the opposite in fact.

I just know if I had it I'd be gone flying in it all the time, causing AIDS - Aviation Induced Divorce Syndrome! :bugeye: :eek: :lol:

That thing looks like it's an absolute hoot to fly. I wish you the best of success in moving on to a new airframe.


They are a hoot to fly! It’s unlike any flying I’ve ever done. Don’t pass up the opportunity to fly in one if you ever get the chance!


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 Post subject: Re: FS: AirCam N2322X For Sale $149,900 - The Rest of the St
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What are the 2 switches on the left side of the panel that looks like heated seats? Love the No Smoking placard. Must be a story behind that one.


When we bought the airplane, my wife insisted that Lockwood included heated seats at
No up charge. Left switch - front seat, right switch - rear seat. Two heat levels. Keeps your butt and lower back warm.

The No Smoking sign keeps ashes out of your eyes.

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 Post subject: Re: FS: AirCam N2322X For Sale $149,900 - The Rest of the St
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Butch you should probably just let me bring that thing to Ohio and keep an eye on it for you.

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 Post subject: Re: FS: AirCam N2322X For Sale $149,900 - The Rest of the St
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Barnstormer listing.

https://www.barnstormers.com/classified ... irCam.html

To sweeten the deal, I have a hangar at Tampa Bay Executive (KVDF) that you can “sublet” from me for 6 months until you get your own hangar.

I’ll also ferry anywhere in the state of Florida after closing.

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Barnstormer listing.

https://www.barnstormers.com/classified ... irCam.html

To sweeten the deal, I have a hangar at Tampa Bay Executive (KVDF) that you can “sublet” from me for 6 months until you get your own hangar.

I’ll also ferry anywhere in the state of Florida after closing.

Butch


I desperately want to bring it to California, but we have too many planes.

Sigh.

Perhaps an AirCam in a few more years...

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 Post subject: Re: FS: AirCam N2322X For Sale $149,900 - The Rest of the St
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Jeremy, I appreciate the sentiment.

When deciding on an AirCam these days, you need to make an informed decision. That decision I have found has two elements: Full Canopy Enclosure vs. Partial or no canopy enclosure AND/OR Amphibious Floats vs. wheels only.

Each AirCam is unique and finding the right one for your use is very important.

In Florida for example, flying at mid altitudes without a canopy on a hot day is awesome. But without a canopy it gets pretty cold. You can traverse some inclement weather (i.e. light rain) with a canopy, without one you’ll get wet.

In Florida, flying an AirCam at the hundreds of lakes here adds significantly to the usefulness and enjoyment of the airplane. However, you need a MES rating to do that.

So like any airplane it has is advantages and disadvantages, but I have found that the simplicity of the airframe, reliability of the Rotax engines, and the redundancy of two engines makes this airplane extraordinary. IMHO.

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Jeremy, I appreciate the sentiment.

When deciding on an AirCam these days, you need to make an informed decision. That decision I have found has two elements: Full Canopy Enclosure vs. Partial or no canopy enclosure AND/OR Amphibious Floats vs. wheels only.

Each AirCam is unique and finding the right one for your use is very important.

In Florida for example, flying at mid altitudes without a canopy on a hot day is awesome. But without a canopy it gets pretty cold. You can traverse some inclement weather (i.e. light rain) with a canopy, without one you’ll get wet.

In Florida, flying an AirCam at the hundreds of lakes here adds significantly to the usefulness and enjoyment of the airplane. However, you need a MES rating to do that.

So like any airplane it has is advantages and disadvantages, but I have found that the simplicity of the airframe, reliability of the Rotax engines, and the redundancy of two engines makes this airplane extraordinary. IMHO.

Butch


Yeah, that's a really good point Butch.

My eye is kind of on an amphib with removable canopy enclosure (so we can fly in Winter and Summer).

But this is all fairly pie-in-the-sky at this point. I've got a few years of Other Stuff[tm] between here and there, I think. And I'm toying with notion of building vs. buying.

It *is* interesting that I tend to see good AirCams show up on the market in waves.... nothing for months and then 2-4 appear in quick succession.

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