..And It's A BIG Block
Monday that Merritt Beach, FL-based Comp Air Inc. has revised its
choice for the engine to power its upcoming Comp Air 12 executive
turboprop -- deciding on the uprated the Honeywell TPE331-14GR
turbine engine, replacing the Lycoming T-53 powerplant originally fitted to the
Affectionately referred to as a "big block" engine by Comp Air,
the powerful Honeywell -14GR has demonstrated an output of 1,815
SHP, with a specific fuel consumption of .497. The Lycoming was
rated at 1400 SHP.
The company has also started to set up a support network in
anticipation of receiving FAA certification for the aircraft.
Executive Aircraft Maintenance of Scottsdale, AZ is Comp Air's main
contact for the engine, and will help support the -14GR during and
Marsh Aviation of Mesa, AZ will also provide engineering
assistance in certification of both the engine and airframe.
The all-composite, low-wing, single engine Comp Air 12 executive
turboprop kit offers several cabin configurations, depending on
what the builder wants or needs. It features an eight-passenger
arrangement, that also includes an enclosed head.
"The Comp Air 12 is a natural extension of our full line
of turbine aircraft, which have been growing in size and
passenger-carrying capabilities over the past several years," said
Comp Air Inc's owner Ron Lueck.
Company executives report the Comp Air 12 kit will sell for
$249,000, less avionics, engine and interior. The aircraft shares
some features with the Comp Air Jet, including the wing, fuselage
and tail assembly.
Comp Air anticipates first flight in late-2006, with
certification tests beginning in early 2007. The company will also
pursue FAA certification on its upcoming high-wing Comp Air 9...
the first time Comp Air has gone after the production aircraft