Epic Victory Single-Engine Jet Takes Flight
Epic’s single-engine Victory jet made its first flight on July 6 from Roberts Field in Redmond, Ore. The Williams International FJ33-4A-powered jet was unveiled at the Sun ’n’ Fun show in April, and first flight took place 202 days after design work began. As with its other designs, including the turboprop Dynasty and twinjet Elite, Epic will offer the Victory initially as an amateur-built experimental aircraft before seeking certification, first in Canada then in the U.S. “While there is currently no set date for the aircraft to begin its certification testing,” an Epic spokesman told AIN, “I’d imagine that coming in 2009.” The four- to five-passenger Victory is made of carbon-fiber composites, and Epic says it will climb to 28,000 feet in 10 minutes, offer a maximum cruise speed of more than 320 knots and have a full-fuel payload of more than 900 pounds. The experimental version, which owners will help build at Epic’s customer build center in Bend, Ore., will cost less than $1 million, including Garmin glass avionics.