Build Your Own Turboprop

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It's a pretty big project to undertake in your garage, but Aircraft Investor Resources has the OK from the FAA to sell its EpicLT turboprop as an experimental amateur-built kit. If your garage is not up to the task, owners will be offered space at an Epic Build Facility with access to tools and materials. "We are pleased with the FAA's positive support and participation in our program," said CEO Rick Schrameck. "We look forward to expanding our kit offering across North America in an endeavor to broaden the educational experimental market segment." The six-seat, carbon-fiber LT flies at 350 knots behind a Pratt & Whitney PT-6 and sells for about $1.2 million. Builders must use the Epic Builder Checklist along with FAA Form 8000-38 as guidelines of tasks they must complete for the kit to be 51 percent compliant.