Sunday, 28 October 2018

Light Miniature Aircraft LMA 5X-W Cubs of New Zealand

The final new aircraft type to appear on the New Zealand Civil Register for 2007 was the Light Miniature Aircraft LMA 5X-W.  We had previously had several of its smaller brothers in the 75% Cub look-alike LM 1 and the 75% Aeronca Champ look-alike LM 3, but the LM 5X-W is a full size wooden Cub replica.

Light Miniature Aircraft was an American company that was based in Okeechobee, FL and that started out around 1985 manufacturing kits for scale look-alike ultralight Cubs, Taylorcraft and Aeronca Champs.  They were usually made of wood and were all fabric covered, however many of the finished examples came out over the ultralight weight limit.  The company went on to produce kits for full sized Cubs and Taylorcraft, but somewhere along the line they went out of business around 2010, although Wicks Aircraft still supply kits for the aircraft.

The specifications for the 5X-W are decidedly J3 Cubbish:  Length 22 feet 7 inches (6.88 metres), wingspan 36 feet 1 inch (11.0 metres) and a wing area of 180 square feet.  Empty weight is around 775 pounds (352 Kg) and MAUW of 1,200 pounds (544 Kg).  Engines can be up to 100 HP and can include a Rotax 912.  With this power cruise speed is 80 mph and the stall speed is around 36 mph.

We have had two LMA 5X-Ws in New Zealand to date:

 ZK-CVB2 (c/n 1012) was a 12 year building project by John C Belcher of Whangarei and it was first registered to him on 14/12/07.  It is powered by a Continental O-200 engine.  On 11/4/11 it was bought by the Scarlett Farm Partnership of Christchurch and it is photo'd above in their ownership at the 2013 SAANZ flyin at Ashburton, on 9/2/13.

ZK-OHS (c/n 1036) was a project built by students of Otamatea High School at Maungaturoto (hence the registration), under the tuteledge of Paul E Morrison from Wellsford, and it was first registered to him on 19/10/10.  Its first flight was on 4/9/11 and it is powered by a Continental C 85 engine.  On 17/4/15 it was sold to George B Taylor of Mossburn.  It is photo'd above at a flyin at North Shore airfield on 11/12/12.

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