From Paper To Prototype In Less Than A Year
A year ago, the newest entry in the mid-sized turboprop single market was a paper airplane. Later this week, the prototype of the Epic LT will be flown to Oshkosh for its debut at EAA AirVenture. The six-place composite plane had its first test flight July 19 less than a year after Rick Schrameck, president of Aircraft Investor Resources LLC, announced plans to build the aircraft. So far, the company has orders for 16 planes and is now debating where to set up shop. The prototype was built in Bend, Ore. (home of Lancair) but there are two other states courting the company. In the tradition of new aircraft entries, Aircraft Investor Resources claims the Epic LT will fly faster and farther than its competition and the projected performance is impressive. They're calling for 350 KTAS with a 1,600-mile range and 1,350-pound payload. The price will range between $1.2 million and $1.9 million depending on how it's outfitted.