TYPE: Four-seat kitbuilt.
PROGRAMME: First flew 3 April 1995. Public debut, then named Comp Monster, at Sun 'n' Fun 1995, when powered by 82 kW (110 hp) Hirth F 30 four-cylinder two-stroke engine.
CURRENT VERSIONS: 150G: Powered by 112 kW (150 hp) Textron Lycoming O-320.
180G: 134 kW (180 hp) Textron Lycoming O-360; as described.
180SF: Float-equipped version of 180G.
Trainer: 'Two plus two' seat trainer version.
CUSTOMER: Total of 60 flying by end 2001 (latest information).
COSTS: US$47,995 with 150 hp, US$46,995 with 180 hp Lycoming; US$26,995 basic kit without engine, propeller and instruments; Trainer kit US$29,995. Fast-build option US$1,995 (all 2003).
DESIGN FEATURES: Easy-to-build composites aircraft; quoted build time 350 to 400 hours. High, braced wings; unswept, and with straight or, optionally, tapered trailing-edge.
Various construction options, including tricycle landing gear, tapered wing, enlarged flaps and 1,451 kg (3,200 lb) MTOW.
Modified Clark Y aerofoil wings with turned-down tips.
FLYING CONTROLS: Conventional and manual. Electric trim. Flaps of two optional sizes.
STRUCTURE: Composites construction with carbon and Kevlar reinforcement. Single-strut braced wings; braced tailplane. Optional tapered wing. Fuselage width upgrades available: 1.17 m (3 ft 10 in) and 1.21 m (3 ft 11½ in).
LANDING GEAR: Spring steel; available with nosewheel, tailwheel, floats or amphibious gear, last-mentioned using Matco wheels and hydraulic brakes with 5.00-5 in tyres. Non-retracting 0.15 m (6 in) Matco tailwheel acts as water rudder. Tailwheel versions uses 6.00-6 in Matco wheels, tyres and brakes with a 0.20 m (8 in) spring-legged tailwheel.
POWER PLANT: One 134 kW (180 hp) Textron Lycoming O-360-A1A flat-four engine, driving a Sensenich 76 x 57 three-blade metal propeller. Options exist for engines ranging from 82 to 186 kW (110 to 250 hp); prototype employed 82 kW (110 hp) Hirth 95. Fuel capacity 197 litres (52.0 US gallons; 43.3 Imp gallons).
ACCOMMODATION: Pilot and three passengers in two side-by-side pairs. Glass-panelled door on each side of cabin for improved downwards visibility. Optional baggage pod below fuselage.