TYPE: Business monojet kitbuilt; business turboprop kitbuilt.
PROGRAMME: Announced 11 February 2002, and fuselage mockup shown at Sun 'n' Fun April 2002, when order book opened. Completion of first prototype was expected in the third quarter of 2003 with initial kit deliveries following during the first quarter of 2004.
CURRENT VERSIONS: Comp Air Jet: As described.
Comp Air 12: Turbine-engined version announced late 2002. Powered by a nose-mounted 746 kW (1,000 shp) Pratt & Whitney PT6.
COSTS: Kit cost US$399,000 including engine; estimated cost to finished standard US$600,000 (both 2003).
DESIGN FEATURES: Low-wing monoplane with wing set towards rear of passenger cabin. Wing leading-edge sweepback approx 2°; trailing-edge sweepforward approx 7°; tailplane similar. Tailplane set at base of fin, above fuselage. Engine inlets mounted at rear of fuselage behind cabin.
FLYING CONTROLS: Conventional and manual.
STRUCTURE: Uses same structural technology as other aircraft in the Aerocomp product line, but company suggests builders use professional assistance in kit completion; quoted completion time six to eight months. Extensive use of carbon fibre hybrid sandwich throughout structure.
LANDING GEAR: Tricycle layout. Retractable.
POWER PLANT: One factory remanufactured ZMKB Progress AI-25 turbofan rated at 15.12 kN (3,400 lb st) for T-O and 11.12 kN (2,500 lb) during cruise. Design will also accommodate Pratt & Whitney JT12-8 or CJ610 engines. Fuel capacity 1,817 litres (480 US gallons; 400 Imp gallons).
ACCOMMODATION: Pilot and seven passengers. Main door on port side, immediately behind cockpit.
SYSTEMS: Pressurisation maintains 3,050 m (10,000 ft) cabin altitude at 9,115 m (29,900 ft) service ceiling.