Epic Launches Pair of Twins

 - April 30, 2009, 5:53 AM

Bend, Ore.-based Epic Aircraft launched a pair of turbine twins at the Sun ’n’ Fun Fly-In in Lakeland, Fla., last month. The new $5 million Elegance turboprop twin and $2.2 million Genesis twinjet share the same basic fuselage as the eight-seat Dynasty turboprop single, although the 419-knot, 1,700-nm Elegance is stretched to accommodate 10 while the 395-knot, 1,260-nm Genesis can seat six. Epic CEO Rick Schrameck dubbed the $5 million Elegance a “next generation King Air 350,” while he called the $2.2 million Genesis “an Eclipse 500 killer.” First flight of the new twinjet is expected by year-end; the Elegance turboprop twin is slated to fly by July next year. No certification date estimates have yet been announced for the new models.