adj: extending beyond the usual or ordinary especially in size or scope, majestic; impressively great
Sometimes, a name says it all, and the story of the Epic LT is nothing if not, well—epic. The story starts when you walk up to an Epic LT on the ramp. It’s big, it’s swoopy, and it’s hard to believe that it could possibly have been built from a kit. With exterior dimensions that seem a bit bigger than a TBM 850, the LT looks way too big to be a “homebuilt” airplane.
Even from a distance, the first thing you notice is that the LT looks futuristic, fast and beautiful. The front windshield smoothly swoops back to blend perfectly with the curved lines of the fuselage. Come up close and look along the wing. You’ll see that even the leading edge has a gracefully curved sweep with just the right angle of dihedral. Everything is blended and smooth, and I’ve never seen a single LT where the paint, fit and finish didn’t appear to be perfect. I should mention that I see a lot of LTs because my hangar happens to be next door to the Epic Headquarters in the high desert of Bend, Ore. And, even though I see Epic LTs virtually every day, I’ve never had a chance to fly one. So, when an opportunity came up to take a round-trip ride to Sun Valley, Idaho, I jumped at the chance to learn more about the airplane and its story.