The enclosure takes nothing away from the open cockpit experience except for the wind. The visibility is virtually the same. The prototype we are flying now has a portion that is fiberglass above from the leading edge of the center section to just above the pilot's head. This is for testing purposes only. The finished product will be smoked acrylic transitioning to a clear poly-carbonate.
The baggage area is entirely closed in as well from just in front of the four center section support struts forward. With two large doors from wing to fuselage, stowing of the front windshield and the two passengers' sides wind deflectors is effortless, as well as your normal kitchen sink or quarter Moose carcass.
The enclosure even cuts down on the drag and results in a more efficient AirCam. Fuel burn was considerably lower. We were registering at 1500 feet and 85mph IAS a total burn of 5.0 gph on the 912is's. At 75mph it was 4.4 gph total. At 8500 feet and a 100mphTAS,85mph IAS we were burning 6.0 total. Every way you do the math that give us a 450 statute mile range with the 26 gallons of usable fuel.
Put your enclosure on or pull it off in less then 30 minutes. Enjoy the best of both worlds.
Imagine that! The Aircam is now a year round low level and cross country aircraft that is no longer latitudinally challenged. Woof!!
by: Robert Meyer