Inspired by Robert Noble, best known for breaking the land speed record in 1983 driving 633 mph and setting a new record in 1987, driving a car he designed to 763 mph, the Kestrel is a single-engine turboprop capable of flying 320 knots and a range of 1,500 miles.
The prototype for the plane was first flow July 29, 2006.
The six- to eight-seat Kestrel, constructed of carbon composite material fits any mission — business or pleasure, according to the company’s website.
Pilots and passengers will experience a short climb time to cruising altitude at maximum weight — giving pilots the option of using smaller airports with shorter runways. It offers speeds comparable to similar-sized jets, and the ability to slow comfortably to speeds that blend easily with others in the terminal area.
The carbon composite turboprop, with a Honeywell TPE331-14GR engine, will consume less fuel and fly more efficiently than a jet, and will carry more payload. Because it’s not a jet, it won’t require a type rating or Federal Aviation Administration checkride, a test of skills administered by an FAA inspector.
The plane, however, will be certified for production.
Roomy yet compact, the pressurized and climate-controlled Kestrel is designed for versatility, convenience and comfort, with trailing link landing gear to take the shock out of landings and improve operations on unimproved strips. A wider door opens to an interior with larger windows illuminating the cabin in natural light. A lavatory will be optional, and flexible seating options will be available, according to Krestel Aircraft co.
The turboprop Kestrel will also be an easy transition for pilots of turbine and piston aircraft.
— Source: Kestrel Aircraft Co.