I'M INTERESTED IN BUILDING
MY OWN AIRPLANE, BUT DON'T KNOW HOW TO CHOOSE A PROJECT.
As you probably noticed during your visit to the web site, we manufacture a complete line
of kits for a family of aircraft ranging in size from 2 to 11 seats, powered by engines
from 65 to 650 hp, and cruising at speeds from 75 to about 275 mph. Somewhere in that
line-up is an airplane that can probably be adapted to your requirements.
Our specialty is all-composite airplanes featuring big roomy cabins, with high useful
loads, and excellent short field/off-airport takeoff/landing characteristics.
Congratulations on your decision to consider building your own airplane. If you haven't
done so before, it is difficult to imagine the satisfaction that is possible from flying
an airplane custom-built with our own hands. By assembling your own airplane, you will
have an opportunity to create a unique flying machine that is ideally suited to meeting
your own personal objectives and requirements. There is no better way to acquire a
customized personal airplane that meets your own criteria, than to build it yourself.
Please consider the following items as you research your options:
Do you have a preference regarding
construction methods (i.e. tube and fabric, aluminum, composite, etc.)
Do you have specific performance
characteristics that are a priority for you? (takeoff/landing speeds/distance,
cruise/climb performance, useful load, range, cabin size, number of seats, etc.)
Do you have specific handling and design
characteristics that are a priority for you? (tricycle vs. tailwheel, high vs. low-wing,
roll rates, pitch/rudder responsiveness, stability vs. maneuverability, forward/side
visibility out the windows, etc.).
How much time and effort are you prepared to
invest in the assembly of your airplane? Do you have experience and skills that would be
helpful, or do you need extra assistance and guidance?
How much money are you prepared to invest in
Do you have engine make/model preferences?
Do you need a new engine, or are you willing to consider a used engine? If used, how used?
What condition engine, size, horsepower, etc. interests you most?
What "mission" do you have in mind
for your airplane? Will it be flown primarily from paved runways, or do you need the
ability to access off-airport and rough fields, float operations, etc.?
To assist you in determining whether any of
our products may be adaptable to your criteria, you may find the Comp Air Video
and Literature Packet helpful, may want to speak with a representative by
telephone, or may even want to come to Florida for a couple days to check out
the airplanes first-hand. Visitors are always welcome at our Merritt Island,