John is an entrepreneur whose dream is to improve the standards and safety of water-based aircraft. Bill Husa (deceased), original design/build engineer, had extensive experience with Boeing and as consultant on prototype aircraft and to the commercial aviation industry.
After a year long search for a team to complete the construction of the PRIVATEER™ prototype, Comp Air Aviation of Titusville, Florida, was selected. Comp Air is one of the oldest kit manufacturers in the world. Over 23-years of experience have gone into producing hundreds of innovative aircraft (over 200 with turboprop engines), which embody modern construction techniques, advanced avionics installations, and adaptations to special operations. Comp Air is making rapid progress on finishing the prototype and will fly PRIVATEER™ this year.
The innovative design of The PRIVATEER™ was developed to be the safest design possible for Water and Land Operations. The configuration is characterized by a low center of gravity, thus reducing the chance of flipping over in adverse conditions. PRIVATEER™ has a unique float layout that will provide unparalleled ease of operation during water-borne take-off and landings.
|"The first new
Amphibian design in
over 60 years."
For runway operations, PRIVATEER™ employs Tricycle landing gear, allowing conventional landing and taxiing.
The aircraft is built of carbon fiber composites, making a light and strong airframe that is protected against the corrosion often associated with water-borne aircraft. Light structure, combined with the 724 HP Walter 601 series turbine engine, will deliver performance not seen by previous amphibians.
Construction is unique, yet simple, which makes for easier fabrication and simplifies maintenance.
The roomy six plus seat cabin (1 Pilot & 5-6 passengers) may have a three-place bench seat across the back of the cabin on production models.
The configuration of the PRIVATEER™ is scalable so variants will accommodate additional passengers.
PRIVATEER'S™ cockpit will be simple, making it easy to fly. Control is electro-mechanical with a triple redundant design. The aircraft will have an empty weight of less than 3,600 lbs. and a range of 1,000 miles at Max Gross Weight, including a full passenger load.
The shroud design around the propeller significantly increases the propeller efficiency and thrust available for take-off and cruise. A secondary benefit is that the shroud also makes the already quiet turbine even quieter by damping much of the acoustic profile. Our goal, after safety, is to be environmentally friendly to both wildlife and neighboring communities.
Since General Electric has purchased Walter Engines, service and support will not be an issue.
As the PRIVATEER™ prototype is nearing completion, we are confident that the aircraft will meet or exceed design goals.