Light Miniature Aircraft LM-5

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Light Miniature Aircraft LM-5
Role Ultralight aircraft
National origin United States
Manufacturer Light Miniature Aircraft
First flight 1991
Introduction 1991
Status May no longer be available
Number built more than 35 (2007)

The Light Miniature Aircraft LM-5 series is a family of American high wing, conventional landing gear, strut-braced, single engine ultralight aircraft that are intended to resemble the Piper PA-18 Super Cub. The designs are all available as plans from Light Miniature Aircraft of Okeechobee, Florida and as kits from Wicks Aircraft for amateur construction.[1][2][3]

The Light Miniature Aircraft company website domain name expired on 25 May 2010 and has not been renewed. It is unclear whether the company is still in business or not.[4]

Design and development[edit]

The LM-5 design is rendered in wood or optionally aluminum and covered in doped aircraft fabric. The aircraft are sold as plans, with components or complete kits also available to speed construction time.[1][2][3]

Unlike the company's LM-1 series which are scale representations of famous general aviation aircraft, the LM-5 series are the same size as the PA-18 that they resemble.[1][2][3][5]

Variants[edit]

LM-5X Super Cub
Tandem two seat full-sized replica of a Piper PA-18 Super Cub, powered by a 64 hp (48 kW) Rotax 582 or Volkswagen air cooled engine. Built from aluminum and covered in doped aircraft fabric. Empty weight 620 lb (281 kg), gross weight 1,040 lb (472 kg). The LM-5X was first flown in 1991 and was still available in 2010.[1][3]
LM-5X-W Super Cub
Tandem two seat full-sized replica of a Piper PA-18 Super Cub, powered by a 64 hp (48 kW) Rotax 582 or Volkswagen air cooled engine. Built from wood and covered in doped aircraft fabric. Empty weight 775 lb (352 kg), gross weight 1,275 lb (578 kg). Still available in 2010.[2][3][5]

Specifications (LM-5X-W Super Cub)[edit]

Data from Kitplanes[2]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Capacity: one passenger
  • Length: 22 ft 7 in (6.88 m)
  • Wingspan: 36 ft 1 in (11.00 m)
  • Wing area: 180 sq ft (17 m2)
  • Empty weight: 775 lb (352 kg)
  • Gross weight: 1,275 lb (578 kg)
  • Fuel capacity: 12 US gallons (46 litres)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Rotax 582 twin cylinder, two-stroke aircraft engine, 64 hp (48 kW)
  • Propellers: 2-bladed wooden propeller

Performance

  • Maximum speed: 95 mph (153 km/h; 83 kn)
  • Cruise speed: 80 mph (70 kn; 129 km/h)
  • Stall speed: 36 mph (31 kn; 58 km/h)
  • Range: 290 mi (252 nmi; 467 km)
  • Rate of climb: 750 ft/min (3.8 m/s)

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Downey, Julia: 1999 Kit Aircraft Directory, Kitplanes, Volume 15, Number 12, December 1998, page 55. Primedia Publications. ISSN 0891-1851
  2. ^ a b c d e Downey, Julia: 2008 Kit Aircraft Directory, Kitplanes, Volume 24, Number 12, December 2007, page 39. Primedia Publications. ISSN 0891-1851
  3. ^ a b c d e Purdy, Don: AeroCrafter - Homebuilt Aircraft Sourcebook, page 197. BAI Communications. ISBN 0-9636409-4-1
  4. ^ Network Solutions (May 2010). "Lightminiatureaircraft.com". Retrieved 5 June 2010. 
  5. ^ a b Light Miniature Aircraft (May 2008). "Kit Planes, Plans & Manuals". Archived from the original on 31 May 2008. Retrieved 1 June 2010. 

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