Blue Sky Adds Owners to Epic Air Lawsuit

 - August 25, 2009, 11:35 AM

Blue Sky Avgroup has followed up its initial lawsuit against kit aircraft manufacturer Epic Air with an amended lawsuit. The first Blue Sky lawsuit was filed on June 5 and named Epic Air as the defendant, but the amended lawsuit adds Epic sister companies Aircraft Completion Services and Aircraft Investor Resources; founder and 42-percent owner Richard Schrameck; Jeff Sanders, who owned 47 percent of the companies; and Michael Shealy, owner of 11 percent of the three companies. Rich Lucibella, who filed the Blue Sky lawsuit and was building an Epic LT single-engine turboprop kit, alleges that he paid $1,844,800 for his airplane and Pratt & Whitney Canada PT6A-67A engine, but has not received the engine, propeller and avionics, and his kit is now locked in Epic’s Bend, Ore. facility. Epic has previously stated that it delivered the kit as specified in the contract, but that the contents of the kit “do not include an engine.” The company’s voice mailbox remains full, and AIN’s calls have not been returned. Epic’s facility in Bend remains locked shut and the whereabouts of company founder, chairman and CEO Rick Schrameck are still unknown.