Certification of turboprop business jet E1000 Epic Aircraft will be held in 2019
The American aircraft manufacturer Epic Aircraft is awaiting the speedy certification of a single-engine turboprop E1000 aircraft by the US aviation authorities, the aircraft manufacturer said on the Twitter page.
According to sales and marketing director Mike Schrader, now Epic Aircraft is preparing to receive permission to check the aircraft, which should be issued in the second quarter of 2019, writes the publication FlightGlobal. It will enable the specialists of the Federal Aviation Administration of the USA (FAA) to join test flights. Certification and launch of the aircraft to the market are planned in the second half of 2019. The company believes that the importance of upgrading the aircraft is much higher than the delay in the appearance of the aircraft by three years. Recall that the first flight was scheduled for early 2014, and certification - in a year.
In July 2018, structural tests were completed - one of the most labor-intensive stages, according to Schrader. After that, the first two prototype aircraft began flying. All tests on the limit mode and on the flutter with various combinations of fuel, aircraft loading and operation modes are now completed, he noted.
Testing allowed us to estimate, monitor and correct some parameters of the engine PT6-67A manufactured by Pratt & Whitney Canada. Such functions include the optimization of the air intake to improve the efficiency of the power plant; lighting equipment, aircraft equipment and flight control systems were also improved.
The cabin of the Epic E1000 model is spacious, and depending on the customer’s requirements, it can be made in several different styles and trim levels. Up to 6 people can be accommodated on board the aircraft, including one pilot.
Epic Aircraft received 80 orders for E1000 (the cost of the aircraft is $ 3.25 million) and plans to transfer six aircraft to customers in 2019 and more than 12 in 2020. The company intends to increase production volumes as quickly as possible to the target figure of 50 aircraft per year. , noted Schrader.