TYPE: Aerobatic two-seat sportplane.
PROGRAMME: Conceived as European, factory-built version of US Experimental category Akrotech Giles G-202 with JAR 23 certification.
Three G-202 kits imported for development, initially designated G222. Pending certification, CAP Aviation was marketing G-202 kits and had sold seven by mid-2001 when apparent structural failure of No. 5 (F-PQUX) on 21 July 2001 resulted in grounding order. No known production in 2002.
The first Euroean-built CAP 222 (F-WWMY) flew on 12 June 1997; made its static debut at Le Bourget two days later, and performed its first public air display on 18 June. Second and third followed by January 1999. Failure to meet JAR 23 certification criteria for wing structural strength demanded redesign which was completed in April 1999.
First production CAP 222 used for static tests; second made first flight on 15 May 2000 (F-WWMZ) and initial public appearance at Aerofair, North Weald, UK on 2 June 2000. To CEV for certification trials, which were completed by May 2001.
COSTS: US$220,000 (2000).
Data generally as for Akrotech Giles G-202 except that below.
POWER PLANT: One 149 kW (200 hp) Textron Lycoming AEIO-360-A1E driving an MT-Propeller three-blade, variable-pitch propeller. Fuel in main 68 litre (18.0 US gallon; 15.0 Imp gallon) fuselage tank and optional 155 litre (41.0 US gallon; 34.2 Imp gallon) wing tank.