TYPE: Utility kitbuilt.

PROGRAMME: Prototype first flew mid-June 1999 and publicly displayed at Oshkosh in July 1999.

CUSTOMERS: 20 flying or under construction by early 2002. All believed to be CA 8T turboprop versions.

COSTS: Kit US$74,995 (2003), excluding engine.

DESIGN FEATURES: Generally similar to Comp Air 7. Quoted build time 800 hours.

FLYING CONTROLS: Mass-balanced controls for high-speed handling.

STRUCTURE: Generally as Comp Air 7, but with strengthened carbon fibre fuselage and tail unit. Tapered wings standard. Fuselage width upgrades available.

LANDING GEAR: Tailwheel type; fixed. Optional aluminium alloy landing gear available, as for Comp Air 6. Optional tricycle configuration; optional floats.

POWER PLANT: One 490 kW (657 shp) Walter M601D turboprop driving an Avia three-blade, feathering constant-speed propeller. Fuel capacity 681 litres (180 US gallons; 150 Imp gallons).

ACCOMMODATION: Pilot and five adults in three pairs of bucket seats, plus rear bench seat for two children.