Epic begins deliveries of E1000
Epic Aircraft, headquartered in Oregon in a 300,000-square-foot facility at Bend Airport, confirmed the delivery of its first two E1000 airplanes. The all-composite, single-engine turboprop concluded its FAA Type Certification program late last year.
“Completing these deliveries is a tremendous milestone for our company and our customers. The E1000 is a remarkable aircraft and seeing the enthusiasm of our owners as they take delivery is extremely gratifying,” said Doug King, CEO, Epic Aircraft. “This is the successful culmination of eight years of hard work, extensive investment and a passionate belief in our product.”
The first customer aircraft, delivered in February, is being leased back to Epic to support what the company describes as priority engineering projects. The second aircraft was delivered to its owner last week, after experiencing delays related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“When I decided to purchase an Epic, I could see that this is the aircraft of the future,” said Lawrence Brooke, upon taking delivery of his E1000. Brooke, who also owns an Embraer Phenom 100, made note of the E1000’s combination of speed, range, payload, comfort, versatility, affordability and ability to access short runways.
Powered by the Pratt & Whitney 1,200-horsepower PT6A-67A, the all-carbon-fibre E1000 cruises at over 330 knots and climbs at 4,000 feet per minute. It provides a full-fuel payload of nearly 1,100 pounds and is RVSM certified to 34,000 feet. The aircraft has a range of approximately 1,560 nautical miles when carrying a full-fuel payload.
“The challenges presented by COVID-19 have been unexpected and considerable,” said King. “But never underestimate the skills and determination of our dedicated staff, who have persevered, engineered and improvised in order to keep our production lines moving, so we can deliver planes and meet customer expectations.”
Epic states it has advance E1000 deposits from customers in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Central and South America, Europe, Russia and South Africa.