Epic Aircraft Completes Delivery of First Two E1000 Planes

Company primed to start delivery of more planes following COVID-19 slowdown.

Epic Aircraft LLC has completed the delivery of two E1000 aircraft, the first of several E1000s that will eventually be in the hands of customers in countries and regions across the globe, including Russia, South Africa, Europe and South America.

The first aircraft delivery was completed in February, and the second delivery was made a week ago following delays caused by COVID-19 restrictions, according to a release from the Bend-based aircraft builder.

The E1000 has been in planning and production by Epic Aircraft for eight years, and completion of the initial delivery gives the company and its customers confidence that more planes will soon roll off the production line.

Production is also good news in today’s tough job market as the company employs over 300 workers in Bend.

“The E1000 is a remarkable aircraft, and seeing the enthusiasm of our owners as they take delivery is extremely gratifying,” said Eric chief executive Doug King.

“This is the successful culmination of eight years of hard work, extensive investment, and a passionate belief in our product.”

Photo via Epic Aircraft.

The E1000 is an all-composite, single-engine turboprop aircraft capable of flying coast to coast with just one fuel stop. The plane has a 1,200-horsepower PT6A-67A engine built by Pratt & Whitney and can travel at 330 knots. The plane can climb 4,000 feet per minute and is RVSM certified to fly at 34,000 feet. The company announced it had received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration for the E1000 in November.

Advanced deposits for the plane have been made by customers in the U.S., Canada, Mexico and other countries in Latin America and Europe. The company produces the planes at a 300,000 -square -foot facility at the Bend Airport.

Epic reports that it is working at full capacity and the company intends to ramp up customer deliveries as soon as possible following a slowdown caused by COVID-19.

“The challenges presented by COVID-19 have been unexpected and considerable,” said King. “But never underestimate the skills and determination of our dedicated staff, who have persevered, engineered, and improvised in order to keep our production lines moving.”

Article via The Bulletin.

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Sometimes things happen!  It’s not very profound, but it is very true.  Engines suffer through prop strikes, wire strikes, hot starts and hard landings.  Frequently, post incident inspections reveal minor damage and the engines are repaired and returned to service promptly.  Recently, engines have been brought to Covington for investigation because “things” have happened to them.  One was a reported incident of a starter/generator arcing.  The starter/generator malfunctioned and was replaced.  While the maintenance appears to have been performed properly, “things” still happen.  Here is what we found upon disassembly:

oil starved PT6a

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Although we understand that “things” happen, we don’t want them to happen to you.  If they do, we will work with you no matter where your previous maintenance was done, to ensure that you have a rental/replacement engine as quickly as possible to keep you flying.  Remember to be aware of changes in your engine or events that could cause damage.  Pay attention to the way it sounds (blade rubbing), looks (metal or debris in oil), smells (oil burning) and feels (vibrations) along with watching the gages.  You may be able to detect a problem before some ”thing” happens to your engine.

Need to have a certified expert look at your PT6A engine? Founded in 1972, Covington Aircraft is a world-leading aircraft engine maintenance, repair and overhaul facility specializing in the PT6A turbine engine and R-985 and R-1340 radial engines. We are a Pratt & Whitney Canada certified Distributor and Designated Overhaul Facility (DDOF), and provide world-class corporate and agricultural aircraft service.

Request maintenance by visiting here >>>> http://www.covingtonaircraft.com/contact-us/request-maintenance 

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