Aircraft: What began as only a concept in December 2006 has resulted in not one, but two all-new very light jets. Epic AIR unveiled the much anticipated VLJs at this year's annual Sun 'n Fun Fly-In event. The carbon fiber aircrafts, Escape and Victory, are both considered experimental and priced at less than $1 million.
The Escape claims to be the fastest pressurized single-engine turboprop in the world. For many, this claim is justified by the fact that the Escape was modeled after the record-breaking Epic LT. In fact, the 92-percent scaled down version mimics the larger model in many ways. Due to the Escape's compact size, the aircraft is capable of attaining speeds even faster than that of its predecessor. The 1000 horsepower turboprop jet engine allows the aircraft to maintain a cruising speed of 365 knots. And just because its size is more petite, doesn't mean the aircraft lacks luxury. Comfortably seating 4-5 people, the cabin boasts reclining leather seats and elegant wood detailing. The Escape will be made available first quarter 2008.
For those who lack patience, the single-engine Victory is expected to hit the market by August 2007. Powered by a Williams International FJ-33-4A engine, the Victory is capable of maintaining upward speeds of 320 knots. Like the Escape, the Victory seats 4-5 passengers and is ideal for today's jettsetting family. The high performance, single-engine jet features a leather and carbon wrap cabin, computer-designed controls, and single-pilot handling. At the unveiling, Epic CEO, Rick Schrameck, announced that six of the experimental aircrafts will be delivered to customers before the end of the year.
Though the term "experimental" may seem daunting to some, Epic AIR does foresee certification in its future. Based on the market demand for the Escape and Victory, the aircrafts will most likely follow in the footsteps of the Epic LT, which has evolved into the certified Dynasty. Delivery positions are now available. For more information on pricing and expected release dates visit the Epic AIR Web site.
For LxM Christina Stewart
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