Comp Air 12 Flies Just In Time

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The Comp Air 12 turboprop single achieved first flight on Saturday at 6:10 p.m. from the Merritt Island (Fla.) Airport, where Comp Air is based. Ron Lueck, owner of Comp Air Aviation, was behind the controls of the all-composite, Honeywell TPE331-14GR-powered airplane. According to the aircraft manufacturer, the maiden flight was "a complete success" and ensures Comp Air will deliver on its promise to fly the Model 12 to the Sun 'n Fun fly-in this week in Lakeland, Fla. In a press release, the company said, "After shutting down the turbine, Ron Lueck emerged from the cabin door with a smile that told it all. Ron and his team did what some had questioned and this Comp Air 12 will be the first aircraft to enter FAA certification from a well known builder of experimental turbine aircraft kits." The airplane will be on static display for the duration of Sun 'n Fun at booth MD-012B.