FARNBOROUGH F1 DREAM OVER
26 Sep 2008
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THE dream of a British-designed and built turboprop aircraft is on its last legs - the company behind the Farnborough F1 Kestrel has gone into administration.
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The Farnborough F1 is a single-engine turboprop, designed by the Farnborough Aircraft Company originally set up by record breaker Richard Noble. One prototype of the all-composite aircraft has been built and made its first flight in 2006.
The makers claimed the F1 - later renamed as the Kestrel - "combined the speed and comfort of business jets with the impressive economics, short field performance and low noise footprint of a PT6-powered turboprop. Using the latest in aerodynamic design techniques and composite structural materials, the Kestrel will be the fastest certified single-engine turboprop passenger aircraft."
The prototype has been undergoing flight tests and was heading for Part 23 Type Certification (to EASA and FAA standards), with first customer deliveries planned for 2010. In recent years, the project was taken by a Middle East company and called the Gulf Air Partnership.
The administrator is David Oprey of accountancy firm Chantrey Vellacott. The role of an administrator is to get the company out of trouble and trading again if possible. Failing that, the assets, such as intellectual rights and the prototype, will be sold to pay off outstanding debts.
Farnborough Aircraft Company
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