The Epic E1000 is drawing attention for its sleek carbon-fiber design and intelligent engineering, producing the fastest turboprop available. Emerging from roughly a decade of perfecting its kit-plane predecessor (The Epic LT Dynasty), the E1000 promises to build on the devoted following growing around Epic Aircraft with exhilarating speed, fuel efficiency, and plenty of space.
Powerful Lift and Speedy Trips
This plane is notable for its jaunty ascension and beautiful landings. The E1000 provides a 3,000 fpm climb rate, something Flying Magazine called “awe-inspiring”. It also needs considerably less space to take-off and land than most small private jets, only 1,600′ and 1,840′ respectively.
Smart design ensures the process is safer and more controlled. An included torque limiter allows the pilot to focus on the throttle without worrying about loss of control during takeoff. Ground control is a simple affair, aided by a nose wheel linked to rudder pedals and a large horizontal stabilizer which helps keep the plane moving in a straight line with less fiddling.
Graceful Efficiency in Flight
Once in the air, the Epic E1000 promises a zippy flight, the LT Dynasty is already the fastest single turboprop in the sky at an impressive 332 knots. The type-rated version is likely to gain a few knots on it with a redesign meant to offer greater aerodynamics. In testing, the E1000 managed to beat out the Cessna Citation Mustang’s speed on a few trips and always operates at a lower cost.
It comes with standard ice removal equipment, increasing the safety of flight. This comes from a boot in the leading edge, joggled to prevent drag, something impossible to offer with metal frames. This inclusion of the joggle ensures that there is no speed penalty for the deicing equipment’s presence.
Long Range and High Load Capacity
The solidly built and incredibly lightweight carbon fiber frame has other benefits beyond making the plane incredibly fast. It also presents the opportunity for more cargo, fuel space, and passenger room. The Epic can carry a total payload of 1,120 lbs on a full fuel tank of 288 gallons, granting it a maximum flying range of 1,650 nautical miles, roughly 500 miles further than the Cessna Citation Mustang and the Embraer Phenom 100.
Six passengers can be comfortably seated within the cabin. Changes to the interior design from the kit model grant a more comfortable ride in the cockpit. Notably, the seats are redesigned to offer more headroom and provide armrests.
The Smarter Choice: The Epic E1000
The Epic E1000 offers a phenomenal value for those looking for something akin to the private jet experience. With an enhanced range over similar private jets, you can explore more of the globe with greater fuel efficiency. The single turboprop Pratt & Whitney PT6A-67A produces 1,200 shp, offering a delightfully swift takeoff and making the E1000 the fastest turboprop aircraft on the market. The well-proven and beloved Garmin G1000 avionics assist the pilot, along with thoughtfully engineered elements that ensure the safest flight from start to finish. The Epic E1000 hits the sweet spot with an easy-to-fly, lightning fast plane capable of long range flights and big loads, all at lower operating costs.