Kestrel Aircraft selected Honeywell’s TPE331-14GR to power its all-composite single-engine turboprop. The Brunswick, Maine-based company was founded by Alan Klapmeier, co-founder of Cirrus Aircraft, to bring the former Farnborough Aircraft F1 Kestrel turboprop to market.
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Kestrel Aircraft has selected Honeywell’s TPE331-14GR to power its all-composite single-engine turboprop. The Brunswick, Maine-based company was founded by Alan Klapmeier, co-founder of Cirrus Aircraft, to bring the former Farnborough Aircraft F1 Kestrel turboprop to market.
Comp Air is still planning to certify its single-engine turboprop CA-12, but has not yet formally applied to the FAA for a type certificate. “We’re waiting for everything to be in place before we apply,” said COO Bill Fedorko. The company is not yet taking deposits on the CA-12, he added.
Epic Aircraft’s Escape all-composite turboprop single flew for the first time on April 9. Epic initially marketed the airplane as an experimental kitbuilt but plans eventually to seek FAA certification. The Escape is powered by a 940-shp Honeywell TPE331-10A. Cruise speed is 350 knots and range 1,510 nm.
Kit aircraft builder Epic Aircraft has announced plans for its first FAA certification project, the all-composite Escape single-engine turboprop. Although Epic had previously announced plans to certify the twin-engine Elite jet and single-engine Victory jet, the Escape is now first in line for formal certification. The Escape does share the same fuselage design as the Victory, however, so the Victory might be next in line.
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.
Merritt Island, Fla.-based Comp Air is preparing its CA-9 prototype for first flight, three months after unveiling the all-composite turboprop single at the Sun 'n' Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, Fla. It plans to fly the new aircraft to EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., later this month. The $1.6 million CA-9–a six-place, high-wing airplane with fixed gear–is expected to cruise at 250 knots and have a range of 2,200 nm.
Merritt Island, Fla.-based Comp Air took the wraps off two new aircraft–the CA-9 and CA-11–yesterday at the Sun ’n’ Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, Fla., bringing its planned turboprop-single line to three models. The two new airplanes and the larger CA-12 are all composite and powered by the Honeywell TPE331. The $1.6 million CA-9–a six-place, high-wing airplane with fixed gear–is expected to cruise at 250 knots and have a range of 2,200 nm.
Comp Air continues to fly the Comp Air 12 proof-of-concept prototype while the company works with “potential investor groups and experienced engineering and production resource teams to execute the 36-month certification and production startup.” The large single-engine turboprop, powered by a 1,650-shp Honeywell TPE331-14GR, has undergone systems and handling characteristics tests and performance validations, according to Comp Air CEO Ron Lue
Merritt Island, Fla.-based Comp Air recently unveiled plans to certify its 10-seat, all-composite Comp Air 12 turboprop single. The Honeywell TPE331-14GR-powered airplane is expected to enter flight testing in the fourth quarter, with certification slated for 2009.
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