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Hangar C Now Sponsored by Epic
Epic Aircraft announced Sunday that it has expanded its AirVenture sponsorship to include Exhibit Hangar C.
By Randy Dufault
July 20, 2015 - Exhibit Hangar C has a new sponsor for EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2015: Epic Aircraft.
“Over the last three or four years we’ve added just a little bit more and a little bit more [sponsorship] as we move toward certification,” Mike Schroeder, Epic director of sales and marketing said at a press conference here Sunday afternoon.
Epic, whose composite, turbine-powered LT had been offered as a kit, is, according to Schroeder, “quietly” seeking full certification of the sleek cabin-class single.
He added that approximately 90 percent of the production tooling is in place, and construction of conforming parts is proceeding for the airplane Epic has named the E1000. Two conforming flight-test aircraft are under assembly, with the first expected to fly in the next six weeks. The second, which will include complete avionics and an interior, will fly later in the year. Two additional airframes destined for destructive testing are coming off the line as well.
Schroeder said certification is expected sometime in 2016, adding that the program is fully funded through to production. Sixty prospective buyers have refundable deposits in place at the start of AirVenture 2015.
The Oregon-based company now employs 185 and plans to produce up to 50 aircraft a year.