TYPE: Four-seat kitbuilt.
PROGRAMME: Designed by Jean Potvin, the original Cadi was first flown in first half of 1993. Kits of the refined Cadi were marketed from 1994. The re-engineered Bush Caddy appeared in 2000. Several new versions have been added to the range since then, using both Rotax and Lycoming power plants.
CURRENT VERSIONS: R80: Smallest aircraft in range and classified as ultralight in USA, Canada and Australia; two seats; designed for engines up to 59.7 kW (80 hp). Can be purchased as a kit or as a factory-completed aircraft. Voyageur option can be converted from tailwheel to tricycle layout in a few hours, as hardpoints for both variants are provided as standard. 'R' in designation indicates Rotax engine.
Description below refers to R80, unless otherwise stated.
R60: Ultralight version of the above, intended for European market; due for launch during 2003.
R120: Engines in the 48.5 to 89.5 kW (65 to 120 hp) range; two seats. Introduced at Air Venture, Oshkosh, July 2001. Voyageur option available as for R80.
L160: Accepts engines up to 119 kW (160 hp). Seats two-plus-one. 'L' in designation indicates Lycoming engine.
L162: Two-plus-two version of L160.
L164: Four-seat version, with 134 kW (180 hp) engine. Displayed statically at AirVenture 2001. Prototype (C-GJDK) first flew 8 September 2001.
CUSTOMERS: Nearly 100 of all versions sold by end 2002, of which 66 were then flying.
COSTS: Basic kit costs (excluding engine, propeller and internal finishing): R80, US$14,036; R120, US$15089; R120 Voyageur, US$14,115; L160, US$17,897; L164, US$20,730, quick built kit US$32,000 (2003). Factory-finished R80, US$45,500 (all 2002).
DESIGN FEATURES: Conventional lightplane; high, constant chord wing braced by V struts each side; sweptback cantilever tail surfaces.
Kit includes many preformed and welded parts. Quoted build time 1,000 hours. Fast-build kits are available in which wings and fuselage internal structures are complete and need only covering.
FLYING CONTROLS: Conventional and manual. No horn balances on control surfaces. Flaps standard on L160 and higher-powered versions and optional for R120.
STRUCTURE: All-metal construction throughout. Two-spar wing has a modified Piper Super Cub aerofoil with flat lower surface and has twin 7.6 cm (3 in) extruded aluminium bracing struts and composites wingtips. Monocoque fuselage contains 6061-T6 bulkheads covered with sheet aluminium and has a composites cowling.
LANDING GEAR: Tailwheel type, fixed; R120 has quick-change option from tailwheel to tricycle. Bungee cord suspension. Optional floats, amphibious floats and skis can be fitted. Cleveland mainwheels are 7.00-6, with McCreary tyres and Matco hydraulic brakes. Castoring tailwheel, size 2.50-4.
POWER PLANT: R80: One 59.6 kW (79.9 hp) Rotax 912 UL driving a two-blade Sensenich metal fixed-pitch propeller; options include 73.5 kW (98.6 hp) Rotax 912 ULS and 84.6 kW (113.4 hp) Rotax 914 UL, and two- and three-blade Warp Drive propellers. Fuel capacity 91 litres (24.0 US gallons; 20.0 Imp gallons) in two wingroot tanks.
R120: 73.5 kW (98.6 hp) Rotax 912 ULS standard; engines up to 89.5 kW (120 hp) optional. Standard fuel capacity 100 litres (26.4 US gallons; 22.0 Imp gallons); optional increase to 155 litres (40.8 US gallons; 34.0 Imp gallons).
L160 and L162: One 119 kW (160 hp) Lycoming O-320 standard. Fuel capacity 173 litres (45.6 US gallons; 38.0 Imp gallons).
L164: One 134 kW (180 hp) Lycoming IO-360 standard. Fuel capacity as L160/L162.
ACCOMMODATION: Pilot and passenger in fully adjustable seats in R80 and R120; bench seat in rear of L160 and L162 for one and two extra passengers, respectively; L164 is full four-seat version. Wraparound Lexan windscreen. Baggage locker behind cabin, with door on port side.