Epic Kit Turboprop Buyer Suing Over Engine Delay

 - July 9, 2009, 11:11 AM

Rich Lucibella, the buyer and builder of an Epic Aircraft LT single-engine turboprop under the corporate name Blue Sky Avgroup, filed a lawsuit against Epic Aircraft, alleging that the kit manufacturer took his money and never delivered the Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-67A engine needed to complete the airplane. The lawsuit cites an “airframe purchase agreement” signed by Blue Sky and Epic in April last year ultimately requiring payment of $1,844,800 for an Epic LT, including engine and avionics. According to the lawsuit, “The actions of Epic in being unable to identify or otherwise account for Blue Sky’s [engine] has resulted in Blue Sky maintaining a reasonable and well founded fear that Epic has misappropriated either the…engine or Blue Sky’s pre-paid funds.” Blue Sky wants the court to appoint a receiver “to take control over the assets and liabilities of Epic.” In a response to Blue Sky’s lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court in Oregon, Epic wrote, “Blue Sky’s motion has harmed Epic as it seeks to improve its cash flow and find new customers.” Epic also stated that it delivered the kit as specified in the contract, but that the contents of the kit “do not include an engine.”