To Premiere Alongside Elite VLJ At AirVenture 2007
At the 2007 Lakeland Fly-In in April, Epic Aircraft announced
one of many lofty goals: to fly two newly-designed, just-announced
aircraft -- the Victory single engine jet, and Elite twin-engine
VLJ -- to Oshkosh later in the year.
As they say... it ain't bragging if you can do it, and Epic
looks well on its way to making good on those promises. As ANN reported, Epic flew
the Elite in June... and earlier this month, the company's Victory
made its first flight from Redmond, a mere 202 days after work
began on the plane.
"In our research, we did not find ANY other company out there
that can demonstrate this kind of focus and commitment to bring an
aircraft from the proverbial drawing boards to reality in this
length of time," said Epic CEO Rick Schrameck. "I’ve always
said that Epic has the best engineers and manufacturing talent in
the world, and I think this clearly proves it!"
Schrameck also expressed thanks to local FAA officials. "Quick
response from the Seattle MIDO and Portland FSDO allowed us to get
this jet flying on our schedule," added Schrameck. "And we are
grateful for their efforts."
The all-composite Victory Jet uses a single Williams
International FJ-33-4A. Epic touts a distinct advantage: that even
with full fuel, the Victory still offers more than 900 lbs of
payload -- enough for 4-5 passengers and their luggage, while
flying at more than 320 KTAS.
With one goal nearly fulfilled, Epic now must make good on its
promise to deliver at least six of the new experimental jets to
customers before the end of 2007. Schrameck says Epic will make
good on that promise, and at the promised price.
"This VLJ has been brought to market with a price tag of less
than a million dollars," added Schrameck. "And this is not a
promotional price or a price in 2002 dollars like we’ve seen
with other jets. This is the Victory price today."
In line with other Epic aircraft, the new Victory VLJ will first
be available as an ownerbuilt aircraft via the company’s
Customer Build Center in Bend.
The single-engine Victory and the twin-engine Elite jets are
scheduled to fly into Oshkosh the morning of July 23.