Epic Aircraft is one of those companies that is, at times,
awfully hard to figure. Despite a lot of hype, more than a few
disappointments and some claims that got them in hot water, Epic
remains a player (albeit controversial) on the high-performance
aircraft scene and (now) in the LSA scene.
Most noted for a series of experimental turbo-props and jets,
some of which are supposed to be headed for certification, Epic is
now addressing some perceived needs in general and sport aviation.
The foundation of their business is built around "Owner-Assist"
programs that allowed a number of well-healed builders to craft a
very sophisticated airframe under the watchful eye of Epic
staffers. While the FAA had some early heartburn over this and it
was Epic's pushing of the Amateur-built definition that is credited
for FAA's unwelcome and forthcoming recrafting of the 51% Rule,
Epic's Rick Schrameck insists that the turbulence is behind them
and that the future of such efforts is secure.
Epic, though, insists that their future lies in the realm of
Turbo-Prop and Jet certification and despite some lofty
announcements about serious financial backing that has failed to
materialize over the past two years, they remain committed to that
vision, as well.