Launching a new airplane is not easy.
The airplane manufacturer has to prove to the concerned authorities that their make is safe to fly in any given condition.
It is for this reason new airplanes have to go through rigorous tests before they can be launched commercially.
Epic Aircraft which wants to come out with Epic E1000 single-engine turboprop is experience this first hand.
Recently this Bend, Oregon based general aviation aircraft manufacturer announced that its E1000 single-engine turboprop has completed the structural testing program.
Wonderful! A big congratulations from Pilotopedia!!
The company has created two airplanes for flight testing. The FT1 has been flown more than 525 hours and in January, the fully conforming FT2 started flying and it has clocked more than 100 flight hours till now.
Designated FAA test pilots will be test flying the new airplanes and from next week the FT2 will also start flying.
So what all is being checked in these new airplanes before they can be made commercially available?
When it comes to structural testing, the Epic airplane cleared the pressurization checking of 18 PSI and of up to 19,044 pounds of ultimate load testing along with wing deflection of 31 inches.
This is not all my dear readers. The control systems of a new aircraft has to prove their performance on more than 50 conditions. It includes abrupt full deflections of control with the airplane loaded and unloaded.
That’s lot of things to take care of to launch a new airplane!!
Looks like the Epic company is leaving no stone un-turned to make its new project successful. It purchased a former Columbia / Cessna facility which lies on the east side of the runway at the Bend Municipal Airport. With the addition of new facility the total area has increased to more than 300,000 square feet.
So what all this new certified E1000 give the pilots as it come to the market?
Pilots can expect to cruise the airplane at 325 knots and it will give a range of 1,650 nautical miles burning 45 gallons per hour. Epic E1000 has an impressive 1,100 pounds full fuel payload.
Waiting to purchase this airplane?
Well, dear readers, you will still have to wait before you can fly Epic E1000. The company is working on type certification and production certification at present and the sign-off from FAA can be expected by the end of this year. The first deliveries will be made by early next year.
How many Epic E1000 will be rolled out in a year?
The production will start with 8 – 12 airplanes in 2019, which will be increased to 24 in 2020 and ultimately to 50 in 2022 and ahead. The Epic company currently has bookings of more than 85 E1000s.