In The Works: Comp Air CA-9 and 11

 - September 23, 2008, 10:42 AM

The CA-9 single-engine turboprop program is warming up, with a first flight accomplished in July and plans for FAA certification in 2013, although initial versions will be sold as kitbuilt experimental category aircraft. The high-wing fixed-gear CA-9 will seat six, offer a 250-knot cruise speed, fly up to 2,200 nm and be powered by a Honeywell TPE331-12.

The CA-11 uses the same fuselage as the CA-9 but has a low wing and more powerful TPE331-14GR. With a projected price of $2.5 million, the CA-11 will fly 2,100 nm and as fast as 360 knots. First flight is expected by year-end. The CA-12 was on hand at EAA AirVenture with a new interior, and Comp Air began taking deposits for the low-wing single-engine turboprop at the show. FAA certification of the TPE331-14GR-powered CA-12 is planned for the first half of 2010.