Comp Air 12 Numbers Coming Up

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Comp Air says its Comp Air 12, a large single-engine turboprop that it hopes to certify, is performing as expected in the proof-of-concept stage. The company introduced the aircraft at Sun 'n Fun in April and also flew it to EAA AirVenture. CEO Ron Lueck said in a news release that predicted performance is being proven in the test flights. "Specification performance testing has confirmed that all major points, including takeoff distances, climb performance and maximum cruise speed (310 kts) are attainable," the news release said. Comp Air is known for its range of kit-built composite aircraft but the 12 is intended to take a piece of the market for certified turboprop singles.

Comp Air has partnered with Downing Associates to get the aircraft through certification and Downing spokesman Art Manni sees a good future for the big plane. He said the turboprop single sector is the fastest-growing market segment and the 12 will find its share of business there. "The Comp Air 12 will offer unmatched combination of speed, range and cabin size, surpassing all available candidates, and in many case offering a better package and value than small or light jets," he said.