It wasn’t the news that Epic Aircraft had hoped to share at Oshkosh 2019, but it was still really good news.
The Oregon-based airplane maker, which has copious production capabilities, has made great progress toward FAA certification, which will, of course, lead to the company beginning production and sales of its super sleek Epic E1000. The six-seat Pratt & Whitney powered pressurized single has now completed all company flight testing and has been granted FAA TIA approval for it to begin working the FAA on the agency’s flight test program. Essentially, Epic has advanced to the point where it has shown its plane will hit the FAA’s flight test targets. That FAA program is expected to last one to two months, paving the way for type certification by the third or fourth quarter of this year.