After seven years of effort, Epic Aircraft has obtained an FAA type certificate for its speedy single-engine E1000 turboprop.
“This is a remarkable accomplishment for our entire community,” said Doug King, CEO of the company based in Bend, Oregon. “I want to thank our employees who have worked so diligently to deliver this exceptional design.”
“We had some opportunities to...get certification earlier,” King said. “But that would have required some tradeoffs that we weren’t willing to make.”
Epic said it has 80 confirmed E1000 orders, and the first seven airplanes are in various stages of production at the Oregon plant. The company expects to receive an FAA production certificate in the first quarter of 2020.
The Epic E1000 has a retail price of $3.25 million.