Fri, Jun 08, 2007
Jet Will Accompany Other Offerings To Oshkosh
Epic Aircraft has announced the first flight of its new Elite
single-pilot, twin-engine VLJ. The company says the "flawless"
first flight Thursday lasted more than 40 minutes, and gave company
test pilots Dave Morss and Len Fox the chance to explore the
aircraft's control surfaces and low level performance
"What an amazingly wonderful airplane to fly!" Fox said after
the flight. "It's not often when an airplane actually flies better
than we'd expected, but the Elite is one of those aircraft!"
The carbon fiber Elite is powered by two Williams Jet FJ33-4
engines which deliver 3120 pounds of thrust. Epic states the new
jet can reach FL410 in less than 17 minutes and boasts a top speed
of 410 KTAS. The company expects range at economy cruise to be more
than 1600 miles with reserves and 1330 lbs. of usable payload after
The cockpit features the all-glass Garmin G900X panels, and Epic
says the Elite will be RVSM compliant. Like the company's other
offerings, Epic notes the Elite will be able to take off with all
the seats occupied, and at full fuel and luggage.
The Epic Elite is scheduled to fly into this year's AirVenture
at Oshkosh, making its first formal public debut at 10:30 am
Monday, July 23rd at AeroShell Square. As ANN reported earlier this
year, Epic also expects to fly its single-engine
Victory jet into Oshkosh, seven months from a clean sheet design.
The jets will accompany Epic's current LT and Dynasty turboprop
Epic says the Elite Jet will first be available in 2007 as 6-7
passenger owner-built aircraft. A 6-8 passenger version of the jet
is expected to be certified in late 2009.
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