June 26, 2008 - AVFLASH NEWS (Click
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New High Wing And Potential Air Taxi From
Glenn Pew, Contributing Editor,
Video Editor (AVweb)
Ever prolific Comp Air, manufacturer of
multiple and often turbine-turning heavy-hauling kitbuilt
aircraft, has announced its new model -- the carbon composite
high-wing Comp Air 9
-- will fly to AirVenture this year. Company president and CEO
Ron Lueck says he'll be offering at AirVenture Oshkosh, this
year, updates on the new aircraft and a certification progress
report on the 1,650-hp, 310-knot, 8 plus 2 stand-up cabin,
enclosed-lav, one-stop coast-to-coast flying
Comp Air 12. (Take
that, VLJs?) The new 9 hangs under a high cantilever wing and is
pitched as by Comp Air as a "truly versatile aircraft" with
three doors, easy maintenance and the "durability of fixed gear"
that drops operating costs dramatically. The aircraft, launched
by a Honeywell TPE331 turbine engine offering 1,000 hp at sea
level, gets off the ground in 750 feet at gross and then slings
along with a 250 KTAS cruise. That, plus room for six and the
ability to haul 3,400 pounds of useful load up to 2,200 nm, is
managed in part by a four-blade constant-speed reversible prop.
The plan is to offer the 9 as a kit and then seek certification.
Comp Air has in the past told AVweb
that much of its success comes from selling aircraft overseas.
If certification efforts prove successful, the company's
aircraft may see broader appeal in American air taxi markets.