Bushcaddy L-162 Max

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Bushcaddy L-162 Max
CLASS L-162 Bush Caddy prototype 03.JPG
L-162 Max prototype under construction at CLASS in May 2005
Role Kit aircraft
National origin Canada
Manufacturer Canadian Light Aircraft Sales and Service (2005-2011)
Bushcaddy (2011-present)
Designer Sean Gilmore
Introduction 2005
Status In production
Number built 12 (December 2011)
Unit cost
US$35,403 (kit, 2011)
Developed from Bushcaddy L-160
Variants Bushcaddy L-164

The Bushcaddy L-162 Max is a Canadian kit aircraft that was designed by Sean Gilmore and produced by Canadian Light Aircraft Sales and Service and most recently by Bushcaddy. The aircraft is supplied as a kit for amateur construction.[1][2]

Design and development[edit]

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.[1][2][3]

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.[1][2]

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.[1][2]

Construction time for the factory kit is estimated at 1200 hours. Twelve examples had been completed and flown by December 2011.[1]

Specifications (L-162 Max)[edit]

Data from Kitplanes and Bushcaddy[1][2]

General characteristics

  • 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)


  • 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)


  1. ^ a b c d e f Vandermeullen, Richard: 2012 Kit Aircraft Buyer's Guide, Kitplanes, Volume 28, Number 12, December 2011, page 47. Belvoir Publications. ISSN 0891-1851
  2. ^ a b c d e Bushcaddy (2012). "L-162 Max". Retrieved 21 May 2012. 
  3. ^ Hunt, Adam: Elegant Utility - Flying the CLASS R-80 BushCaddy, Canadian Flight July 2005, page B-1. Canadian Owners and Pilots Association.

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