Comp Air 12 Aims for Certification and No Kit Version
Fla.-based Comp Air is moving ahead with plans to certify the Comp
Air 12 and will not offer a kit version of the hefty turboprop
single, according to a Comp Air spokesman. “We received word just
the other day that we are going to get our funding for the CA-12
project,” he said. Certification is the plan, he added, because
recent confusion about changes to the so-called 51-percent rule that
requires builders to make a substantial portion of their aircraft
could affect the market for large aircraft kits. Work will begin
soon on the first conforming Comp Air 12, which will be 42 inches
longer with a four-inch taller and wider cabin than the prototype.
The final version’s horizontal stabilizer will also be lower and not
cruciform style as on the prototype. The conforming Comp Air 12 is
scheduled to fly in about 10 months, the spokesman said. Comp Air
also announced that it will likely sign a contract at the NBAA
Convention in October for Honeywell’s Apex avionics suite.
Meanwhile, the company flew its smaller, high-wing CA-9 turboprop
single last week for the first time.