Epic LT Dynasty

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Epic LT & Dynasty
Epic LT N370JP.jpg
Epic LT in 2006
Role Single engine turboprop light aircraft
National origin United States
Manufacturer Epic Aircraft
First flight 2004[1]
Status Production resumed in 2010[2]
Number built LT - 46 completed as of June 2014[3]
Variants CAIGA Primus 150
Epic E1000

The Epic LT is an American kit-built single-engined turboprop aircraft intended for use by private pilots. The Epic Dynasty was the proposed certified version of the LT that was intended be sold as a completed aircraft, prior to Epic Aircraft's bankruptcy in August 2009 and later acquisition by new owners in April 2010.[4][5][6] Under ownership of the reorganized company, the certificated version will be called the E1000, with deliveries scheduled for the third quarter of 2015.[7]

Development[edit]

The LT was designed by Epic Air LLC of Bend, Oregon to meet demand for a kit-built high-performance single turboprop-engined six-seat private owner aircraft. It has a low-wing layout with the tailplanes mid-set on a single fin. The tricycle undercarriage is fully retractable. Its construction uses composites incorporating carbon fibres. The engine is a Pratt & Whitney PT6-67A turboprop flat rated to 1200 hp.[4]

The prototype LT first flew in 2004.[1]

The prototype Dynasty, Epic LT number 14, had logged over 1000 hours of certification flight testing by 23 October 2006, but certification was not complete in June 2009, with the company reporting over 2000 test hours flown.

Flight testing of the prototype, registered C-FJRQ, was initially commenced in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, but the aircraft was removed from the Canadian register on 2 March 2007. It was moved back to Bend, Oregon and re-registered as N6XK.[8][4][9][10]

Further development has been taken over by the new owners as the China Aviation Industry General Aircraft Primus 150.

Variants[edit]

Epic LT
Experimental homebuilt version
Epic E1000
Certified version planned for 2015 at a cost of $2.75 million.[11]
CAIGA Primus 150
CAIGA International version

Operational history[edit]

Epic LT serial number 1 at Sun 'n Fun 2006
2006-built Epic LT No.10 at Plant City airport, Florida, in April 2009
Epic LT No.12 displayed at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh in July 2007 with the "Dynasty" type name on its fin

Deliveries of LT kits commenced in 2006 with the first one completed that year[12] and the aircraft was demonstrated at the EAA show at Oshkosh, Wisconsin, in July 2007.

Initially the LT aircraft kits were completed by amateur builders under factory supervision in the factory at Bend, but some later examples have been assembled at field locations, with assistance from Epic Aircraft.

Specifications (LT/Dynasty)[edit]

Data from Epic Website[4]

General characteristics

  • Crew: one
  • Capacity: five passengers
  • Length: 35 ft 10 in (10.92 m)
  • Wingspan: 43 ft (13 m)
  • Height: 12 ft 6 in (3.81 m)
  • Wing area: 203.6 sq ft (18.92 m2)
  • Empty weight: 4,000 lb (1,814 kg)
  • Gross weight: 7,300 lb (3,311 kg)
  • Fuel capacity: 288 US gallons (1090 l) standard, 350 US gallons (1324 l) optional
  • Powerplant: 1 × Pratt & Whitney PT6-67A turboprop, 1,200 shp (890 kW)

Performance

  • Cruise speed: 340 kn (391 mph; 630 km/h) max cruise
  • Range: 1,874 nmi (2,157 mi; 3,471 km) with optional long range tanks
  • Service ceiling: 31,000 ft (9,400 m)
  • Time to altitude: 9 minutes to 25,000 ft (7620 m)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Federal Aviation Administration (June 2009). "FAA Registry - N-Number Inquiry Result N370JP". Retrieved 2009-06-19. 
  2. ^ Grady, Mary (July 2010). "New Epic Owners At Oshkosh". Retrieved 1 August 2010. 
  3. ^ Sarsfield, Kate (June 2014). "Epic E1000 on track for October first flight". Retrieved 2014-06-23. 
  4. ^ a b c d Aircraft Investor Resources (2007). "Dynasty". Archived from the original on 2008-02-09. Retrieved 2009-06-19. 
  5. ^ Aircraft Investor Resources (2007). "LT". Archived from the original on 2008-03-13. Retrieved 2009-06-19. 
  6. ^ Grady, Mary (April 2010). "An Epic Deal Between Builders Group, Chinese Company". Retrieved 12 April 2010. 
  7. ^ Sarsfield, Kate (June 2014). "Epic E1000 on track for October first flight". Retrieved 2014-06-23. 
  8. ^ Aircraft Investor Resources (October 2006). "Epic AIR Unveils Dynasty at NBAA". Archived from the original on 2008-03-13. Retrieved 2009-06-19. 
  9. ^ Transport Canada (June 2009). "Historical Information". Retrieved 2009-06-19. 
  10. ^ Federal Aviation Administration (June 2009). "FAA Registry - N-Number Inquiry Results N6XK". Retrieved 2009-06-19. 
  11. ^ Aviation Week & Space Technology: 70. 14 October 2013. 
  12. ^ Federal Aviation Administration (June 2009). "FAA Registry - N-Number Inquiry Results N89CL". Retrieved 2009-06-19. 

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