Epic considers engine choices

 - August 30, 2007, 5:46 AM

At EAA AirVenture, Epic Aircraft’s single-engine Victory jet made its first public appearance. The Williams International FJ33-4 that powers the prototype might not power the production Victory. According to Epic, the company has not yet made the final engine selection for the Victory, but it is considering the FJ33-4 and the P&WC PW615 or 617.

The four- to five-place all-composite Victory will start out as an amateur-built aircraft; Epic plans to obtain certification for it later. Maximum cruise speed will be 320 to 330 knots. At economy cruise speed of 250 knots, the Victory will be able to fly 1,200 nm with reserves, with a full load of five people. Mtow should be 5,950 pounds, nearly the same as that of the Eclipse 500.

The amateur-built version of the Victory should sell for about $1 million and the certified version for $1.3 to $1.5 million.