Northern Ireland Light Aircraft (NILAC) is planning to build a full-scale mock-up of the first variant of a light aircraft family in time for next July's Farnborough air show in a bid to win funding.

The all-metal two- and four-seaters, designated the AK2 and AK4 respectively, have been designed by Dr Ajoy Kundu, formerly an aeronautical engineer at Bombardier Aerospace-Shorts.

The company has received funding from the Northern Ireland Aerospace Consortium to build the mock-up of the 50kW (200hp) Textron Lycoming LY-360 piston-powered AK4.

It is being designed to compete with the Cessna 172/182 and the Cirrus SR22.

The AK4, which will have a wingspan of 10m (33ft) and measure 6.9m long, will have a maximum take-off weight of 1,300kg (2,860lb), a cruising speed of 95kt (175km/h) and a range of 1,500km (810nm).

Source: Flight International