Epic Aircraft Debuts Mockup Of Production Model

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Epic Aircraft, which has delivered about 50 of its turboprop LT kit airplanes, now is progressing toward a certified version, and this week at EAA AirVenture, the company has a fresh new mockup of the certified aircraft on display. The cockpit features the Garmin G1000 avionics suite, and the cabin has a spacious feel with lots of legroom and big oval windows. "We got that wow factor into the cockpit, so it looks like a Ferrari," Epic spokesman Mike Schrader told AVweb at the show on Sunday. "Right now we're making strides [in the certification process]." The aircraft will be certified for up to 34,000 feet.

The company is making steady progress toward certification, Schrader said. The schedule might slip a little, into early 2015, he added, noting that "the certification process is not for the faint of heart." But the company expects to hold the price at the $2.75 million that was announced at Sun 'n Fun.