Comp Air 12 Aims for Certification and No Kit Version

 - August 5, 2008, 11:36 AM

Merritt Island, 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.