Epic Aircraft E1000
Epic Aircraft completed the successful maiden flight of its first conforming prototype E1000 single-engine turboprop, code-named FT1, putting the manufacturer on track to achieve certification later in 2016.
FT1 made its successful first flight on December 19 2015 from the Bend Municipal Airport. After the 20-minute test hop, Epic chief pilot David Robinson reported, "The aircraft handled extremely well and performed just as expected," according to an Epic statement.
FT1 testing was assessing general handling qualities, operational performance, systems operations in normal mode, failure scenarios, extreme conditions and Flight Into Known Icing (FIKI) requirements.
The second and final flight test article, FT2, was scheduled to fly that spring, and will reflect as closely as possible the E1000 production aircraft, both in equipment and manufacturing process.
FT2 testing will focus on assessing interior and cabin functionality, including fuel, hydraulic, avionics, navigational and environmental systems.
Priced at $2.95 million the E1000 is powered by the single 1,200-horsepower Pratt & Whitney PT6A-67A turbine engine, giving is a top speed of better than 325 ktas, a max range of 1,650 nautical miles, climb rate over 4,000 feet per minute, ceiling of 34,000 feet, and full-fuel payload of 1,120 pounds.