Bushcaddy L-164

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Bushcaddy L-164
Role Kit aircraft
National origin Canada
Manufacturer Canadian Light Aircraft Sales and Service (circa 2007-2011)
Bushcaddy (2011-present)
Designer Sean Gilmore
Introduction circa 2007
Status In production
Number built 4 (December 2011)
Unit cost
US$42,500 (kit, 2015)
Developed from Bushcaddy L-162 Max

The Bushcaddy L-164 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][3][4][5]

Design and development[edit]

The L-164 was developed from the Bushcaddy L-162 as a true four-seat aircraft. 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-164 designation is just a numerical sequence and does not indicate horsepower.[1][2][6]

The L-164 features a strut-braced high-wing, a four-seat 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][3][4][5]

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 180 to 250 hp (134 to 186 kW), with the Lycoming O-360 of 180 hp (134 kW) and a Franklin Engine Company powerplant of 220 hp (164 kW) commonly used. Cabin access is via two fold-up doors.[1][2][3][4][5]

Construction time for the factory kit is estimated at 1200 hours or 300 hours from the quick-build kit. Four examples had been completed and flown by December 2011.[1][3][4]


L-164 B
Passenger model.[3]
L-164 C
All cargo model.[3]

Specifications (L-164)[edit]

Data from Kitplanes and Bushcaddy[1][2]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Capacity: three passengers
  • Length: 25 ft 6 in (7.77 m)
  • Wingspan: 36 ft 0 in (10.97 m)
  • Wing area: 189 sq ft (17.6 m2)
  • Airfoil: NACA 4413 (mod)
  • Empty weight: 1,350 lb (612 kg)
  • Gross weight: 2,500 lb (1,134 kg)
  • Fuel capacity: 60 U.S. gallons (230 L; 50 imp gal)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Lycoming I0-360-L2A four cylinder, fuel-injected, air-cooled, four stroke aircraft engine, 160 hp (120 kW)
  • Propellers: 2-bladed Sensenich 76EM8, 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) diameter


  • Maximum speed: 129 mph (208 km/h; 112 kn)
  • Cruise speed: 115 mph (185 km/h; 100 kn) at 75% power
  • Stall speed: 38 mph (61 km/h; 33 kn) flaps down
  • Range: 750 mi (652 nmi; 1,207 km)
  • g limits: +5.3/-3.2 (+3.8/-1.9 normal category)
  • Rate of climb: 1,200 ft/min (6.1 m/s)
  • Wing loading: 13.22 lb/sq ft (64.5 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-164". Archived from the original on 8 February 2012. Retrieved 21 May 2012.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Bayerl, Robby; Martin Berkemeier; et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2011-12, page 98. WDLA UK, Lancaster UK, 2011. ISSN 1368-485X
  4. ^ a b c d Bertrand, Noel; Rene Coulon; et al: World Directory of Leisure Aviation 2003-04, page 179. Pagefast Ltd, Lancaster UK, 2003. ISSN 1368-485X
  5. ^ a b c Tacke, Willi; Marino Boric; et al: World Directory of Light Aviation 2015-16, page 103. Flying Pages Europe SARL, 2015. ISSN 1368-485X
  6. ^ 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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