Epic Aircraft is displaying a cabin mock-up of its E1000 single-engined turboprop at the show, having left the test fleet at its base in Bend, Oregon to complete certification testing.
Epic sales and marketing director Mike Schrader says the E1000 is almost across the finishing line after a five-year development effort, with the Federal Aviation Administration expected to issue type certification before the end of the year. “We will then start delivering aircraft,” he says, adding that the company has secured 82 orders for the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6-67A-powered aircraft to date.
E1000 cockpit is displayed in the company's mock-up
The E1000 was launched in 2014 as a certificated variant of LT kitplane, the 54th and final example of which was delivered to its owner in June. The $3.25 million Garmin G1000NXi-equipped aircraft has a maximum cruise speed of over 330kt (620km/h), and a range of 1,650nm (3,050km).