Another very interesting airplane will hit the market soon: Epic Aircraft, manufacturer of high performance, carbon fiber, single-engine turboprop aircraft, remains on schedule to certify its LT model by mid-year 2015. This soon-to-be-certified aircraft, known as the Epic E1000, will be the fastest, highest performing, most affordable, six-place single-engine turboprop in the world. Reservations for the E1000 are currently being taken at a special introductory price of $2,750,000. Initial aircraft deliveries are targeted for second half 2015.
“We already have more than ten new confirmed reservations for the E1000 and we haven’t yet started to market,” said Doug King, Epic CEO. ”We believe our performance and price point distinguish us in the industry, so we are ramping manufacturing to service that demand.” Epic recently purchased a 204,000 square foot manufacturing facility formerly owned by Columbia and Cessna, effectively tripling their production capacity.
“We are firmly committed to achieving certification for the E1000. We have the resources, the knowledge, and the experience to make it happen,” said King. Final customer builds of the experimental LT model will continue throughout 2014, but no additional orders are being taken.
This is a high-end single-engine model. The sleek Epic E1000 airframe, powered by the 1200 hp Pratt & Whitney PT6-67A engine, travels at speeds up to 325 KTAS, with a range of 1600 nautical miles, and a maximum authorized ceiling of 34,000 feet. “We are offering true jet-class performance at a fraction of the cost,” says King.
The E1000 model will feature an ergonomically designed all-glass cockpit that includes advanced Garmin avionics, providing state-of-the-art situational awareness that rivals equipment found on larger corporate jets. “Our goal is to make you feel as comfortable in our E1000 cockpit as you are in your luxury automobile,” said Mike Schrader, Director of Sales & Marketing. “It is a significant step up from anything else on the market today.”