They are versatile - they
are odd - they are challenging to fly.
They are my favorite plane - the Lake Amphibian.
Pictures of a LAKE BUCCANEER I once owned
My Buccaneer - Lake Zoar (Housatonic River), Connecticut
The Lake is a 4-place single engine plane for general aviation. There are six different versions:
|LA-4 "Amphibian": 180hp 4-cylinder Lycoming O-360|
|LA-4-200 "Buccaneer": 200hp 4-cylinder Lycoming O-360-A1B|
|LA-4-200 "Turbo": Same as above but with an aftermarket turbocharger|
|LA-4-200 "EP": 200hp 4-cylinder Lycoming O-360-A1B6 with a longer propeller shaft and an enclosed cowl|
|LA-250 "Renegade": 250hp 6-cylinder Lycoming IO-540-|
|LA-270T "Turbo Renegade": 270hp 6-cylinder Lycoming TIO-540-|
There were also two early 2-seat versions manufactured by Colonial Aircraft:
|Colonial C-1 "Skimmer": 150hp 4-cylinder Lycoming O-___|
|Colonia C-2 "Skimmer": 160hp 4-cylinder Lycoming O-___|
The Lake Amphibian is a seaplane that was invented in the late 1940s by _____ Thurston. It went through several early versions (C-1 Skimmer, C-2 Skimmer) before debuting in 1958 as the Lake Amphibian. The airplanes have been assembled by hand, one at a time, in a factory in Sanford, Maine since 19__.
The LA-4 was replaced by the LA-4-200 in (c.1970?). The LA-4-200 was replaced by the EP in 197_ and EP production ceased with the introduction of the larger LA-250 model in 198_.
Regular production of the Renegade model ended in 198_ and since that time, new airplanes are built "to order" when contracted for. Two new LA-270T airplanes were built in 2000, and they sold for approximately $400,000 each.
|Click here to see pictures taken at the 2001 LAFC fly-in|
|Click here to see pictures of my Lake|
|Click here to see Lake Aircraft's page of Lake pictures|
LAFC holds a fly-in conference during the first week in February each year. It starts on Sunday afternoon and ends on Wednesday evening. The fly-in is held in central Florida - it has been held at Winter Haven (GIF), Avon Park (AVO), and River Ranch (2RR).
I have typed in my notes from several of these fly ins: (note: notes not yet complete)
1996 1997 1999 2001 Tips from some of these years
Click here to see a description of my airplane.
Is the international owner's club for Lakes of all kinds. LAFC has a web site here.
My answers to some common Lake-related questions.
There are several shops I am aware of that work on Lakes on a regular basis. It is highly recommended that you take your airplane to one of them.
If your shop specializes in Lake aircraft and is not listed here, please email me and I will be glad to add it.
|Bartow, Florida (BOW): Amphibians
Harry and Cathy Shannon
418-A Bartow Municipal Airport
Bartow, FL 33830
Comments by pilots
|Winter Haven, Florida (GIF):
Aircraft Innovation and Repair Services|
Paul and Paula Furnee
3000 21st St NW
Winter Haven, FL 33881-1292
Comments by pilots
|Gravenhurst / Muskoka, Ontario (CYQA):
Lake Central Air Services|
Muskoka Airport, RR 1
Gravenhurst, ON P1P 1R1 Canada
|Laconia, New Hampshire (LCI): Sky Bright|
65 Aviation Way
Gilford, NH 03249-6680
Phone: 603-528-6818 or 800-639-6012
Sky Bright's web site
comments by pilots
Click here to see the letter written to the FAA by the Seaplane Pilots Association regarding the wing spar cap AD
Click here to see the SPA's announcement of the approval of an AMOC for the wing AD, and the subsequent change in Aerofab's kit price
|Seaplane Pilots Association|
|The Seaplane Page|
|Malcolm's seaplane page|
|Lake Aircraft site 1|
|Lake Aircraft site 2 (new and used
Lakes for sale)