Certified Epic to Be Built in Canada

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Aircraft Investor Resources, of Bend, Ore., says it will begin certification tests on the Dynasty, a certified version of its Epic LT turboprop single, this fall in Calgary, Alberta. Assuming all goes well with the turboprop, the company says it will then start work on certifying a twin-engine jet called the Elite. The company turned heads at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh a few years ago with the turboprop, which it took from a paper airplane to first flight in less than a year. It was selling a builder-assisted kit version of the plane but was attracted to Canada to certify it by the more streamlined process north of the border, according to CEO Rick Schrameck. "The Canadians have been wonderful to work with," Schrameck said in a news release.

The Dynasty will be the first plane to be developed by the Canadian Centre for Aerospace Development (CCAD) at Calgary and Medicine Hat, Alberta. The new center specializes in testing composite aircraft construction. The plane will be certified under a new program specifically designed by Transport Canada for general aviation aircraft and is expected to be certified in 2008. The turboprop will cruise at about 340 KTAS at 28,000 feet with a range of 1560 nm.