STEVEN HOWE COLLECTION
No. 12150. Aerosport Scamp (G-BKPB c/n PFA 117-10736)
Photographed at Baginton, UK, ca. 1980s, by Steven Howe

Aerosport Scamp

10/31/2013. The late Harris L. Woods of Holly Springs, North Carolina, designed the Scamp in 1973 to complement his range of easy-to-build ultra-light aircraft which includes the Rail and Quail. The Scamp is a single-seat all-metal biplane with fixed tricycle undercarriage and a T-tail. The prototype first flew on August 21, 1973, having been built in just 90 days; Aerosport, formed by Woods in 1970 to market his aircraft plans, claimed a typical building time for an amateur of 500 man-hours.

The structure is mostly of light alloy held together by pop-rivets, bolts and self-tapping screws, with a minimum of welded components, and these could be supplied ready-made by Aerosport along with plans, components sets and complete kits. The structure is stressed to +6g and -3g and is cleared for limited aerobatic flight. The Scamp's controls are sensitive, but flying the aircraft is said to be easy even for novices, with docile stall characteristics and good spin recovery response. Visibility from the cockpit, which is open down to waist level, is excellent. The Scamp is suitable for converted Volkswagen automobile engines of 98 to 128 cu.in (1,600 cc to 2,100 cc) capacity.

In 1976 Agricopteros Ltda., a crop-spraying company based at Cali Colombia, ordered two Aerosport Scamp kits for experimental conversion as agricultural aircraft. The first aircraft, designated Scamp B (site files), was flown on May 27, 1977. The Scamp B differed from the standard homebuilt version in having increased wingspan with ailerons on both sets of wings, instead of only on the upper set, and a 128 cu.in (2,100 cc 100 hp Revmaster converted Volkswagen engine in place of the 112 cu.in (l,834 cc, 60 hp powerplant which was installed on Aerosport's prototype aircraft.

A special aerial applications kit was designed for the Scamp B comprising a 15.85 gal (60 l) glass fiber chemical tank under the fuselage, a wind-driven pressure pump and spray bars and nozzles. The entire package weighted only 38 lb (17 kg), and the chemical tank could be used as a long-range fuel tank for ferry flights.

The Scamp B could cover a swath width of 28 ft (8.5 m) with trailing-edge spray bars, and represents an extremely economic agricultural aircraft for treatment of small areas of land. Reportedly five Scamp Bs were produced by Agricopteros Ltda using kits supplied by Aerosport in 1983, however, only four have been completed as sports aircraft.

Created October 31, 2013