Previews New Designs, Promises First Deliveries By End Of
Bend, OR-based Epic Aircraft told Sun 'N Fun attendees Tuesday
the company is continuing its "full court press" on other aircraft
manufacturers, before unveiling scale mockups of two new
aircraft designs -- one a single-engine very light jet, the other a
"VLJs, get out of the way!" Epic CEO Rick Schrameck told the
gathering of reporters and passersby at the company's display along
the eastern edge of the main exhibit grounds.
Schrameck states the new Escape turboprop (above) is expected to
cruise at 365 knots. Somewhat oddly, that's 45 knots faster than
company projections for the swoopy Victory jet (below), which
company officials state will sport either a Williams FJ44
powerplant, or a PW615F.
Both aircraft sport design cues shared with the company's
erstwhile Epic LT turboprop offering, a staple at air shows for the
past few years. As Aero-News reported, Epic
announced last year plans to certify a production version of the
kit-form LT, dubbed the Dynasty (shown below), under Canadian
Schrameck announced a fast-track development program for the
Victory jet, saying he expects to fly a completed Victory jet to
Oshkosh in July... which would be a mere seven months after the
Furthermore, Schrameck promised "at least six" Victory jets will
be delivered to customers before the end of 2007.
"Focused implementation of aircraft designs is Epic's history,"
Schrameck said. "If we say we're going to do something, we're going
to do it. Period."
Epic officials tell ANN the Dynasty has logged over 2,000 flight
test hours, and is scheduled to complete the certification process
next year. The company's twin-engine Elite VLJ will enter
testing this summer, targeting a summer 2009 market release.