Saturday, August 1, 2009
AEROCOMP COMP AIR MERLIN
|STANDARD DATA: Gross wt. 1,300. Empty wt. 650. Fuel capacity 16. Wingspan 32'. Length 20'.
PERFORMANCE: Top cruise mph 95. Stall mph 35. Climb rate 1,500 fpm. Takeoff roll 100-200'. Landing roll 200'.
The Merlin is an impressive STOL aircraft, ideal for wheels or floats. The two-seater has a roomy cabin and typically has a 600-700 lb. useful load. Tube and fabric construction, it’s an easy, straightforward design, at home on wheels or floats. The Merlin is the entry level kit for Aerocomp, which continues the line to larger and higher performing designs, the Comps 3-12, including turbine models.
STANDARD DATA: Gross wt. 5,200-6,000 lbs. Empty wt. 2,750-3,150 lbs. Fuel capacity 120-180. Wingspan 36'6". Length 31'. PERFORMANCE: Top cruise 192 kts. Stall mph 46-54. Climb rate 800- 2,000 fpm. Takeoff roll 250-500'. Landing roll 700'. Range 672-795 nm. This composite 7-10-seater has as much as 3,000 lbs. of useful load. Powered by a Walter M601D turbine engine, the big experimental category single can cruise at 200 mph without breaking a sweat. Because of the power-to-weight ratio, the 10XL can hop off the ground in just a few hundred feet and climb at 1,500-2,000 fpm. An even larger Comp Air 12 is already flying.