Comp Air Jet

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Comp Air Jet
CompAir Jet.jpg
Role homebuilt private jet
National origin United States
Manufacturer Comp Air
First flight 10 July 2004

The Comp Air Jet is an American eight-seat, low-wing, pressurized, tricycle undercarriage, turbofan-powered civil utility aircraft marketed by Comp Air for amateur construction.[1][2]

Design and development[edit]

In 2002 the co-owners of Aerocomp, which is now known as Comp Air, Steve Young and Ron Lueck announced the Comp Air Jet project. The jet is constructed from a "proprietary carbon-fiber hybrid sandwich" and powered by a Ukrainian Ivchenko AI-25 engine. Alternative engines planned for included the Pratt & Whitney JT12-8 or CJ610 or projected future Williams International or Agilis engines.[3]

On July 10, 2004 the Comp Air Jet flew for the first time from Merritt Island Airport. Though the gear was not retracted during the flight, the aircraft still reached speeds of 157 kn (291 km/h). The jet landed after 37 minutes with the landing taking about 2000 feet.[3]

On January 11, 2005 Aerocomp flew the prototype back to the Merritt Island Airport for further development work after more than 30 hours of flight testing at Space Coast Regional Airport, Titusville, Florida.[3]

Operational history[edit]

As of April 2011 the prototype remained the sole example registered with the Federal Aviation Administration.[4]

Specifications (Comp Air Jet)[edit]

Data from Kitplanes and Comp Air[1][2]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Capacity: seven passengers
  • Length: 35 ft 0 in (10.67 m)
  • Wingspan: 44 ft 0 in (13.41 m)
  • Wing area: 297 sq ft (27.6 m2)
  • Powerplant: 1 × Ivchenko AI-25 , 3,500 hp (2,600 kW) for take-off

Performance

  • Cruise speed: 350 kn (403 mph; 648 km/h)
  • Stall speed: 62 kn; 114 km/h (71 mph)
  • Range: 1,434 nmi; 2,655 km (1,650 mi)
  • Rate of climb: 2,000 ft/min (10 m/s)

See also[edit]

Aircraft of comparable role, configuration and era

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Downey, Julia: 2008 Kit Aircraft Directory, Kitplanes, Volume 24, Number 12, December 2007, page 47. Primedia Publications. ISSN 0891-1851
  2. ^ a b Comp Air (August 2006). "Comp Air Jet". Retrieved 25 April 2011. 
  3. ^ a b c Comp Air (January 2005). "Comp Air Jet Press Releases". Retrieved 25 April 2011. 
  4. ^ Federal Aviation Administration (April 2011). "Make / Model Inquiry Results". Retrieved 25 April 2011. 

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