One of the most eye-catching aircraft on display this week at LABACE is the ultra-sleek Epic LT six-seat turboprop single at Somma Aviation’s stand. While the all-composite aircraft is kit-built, Somma is looking to sell a certified version–the Epic 1000, slated for FAA approval in 2015–tailored specifically to the Brazilian market.
Somma Aviation became the Brazilian dealer early this year, and the first action was to order a kit-built LT to act as a company demonstrator in Brazil. That aircraft is currently in the build process, and should be completed by year-end. The company’s LT will include several options dictated by the Brazilian market, including weather radar and an engine inertial separator to avoid damage by foreign object debris.
Somma is already booking slots for the E1000, which is the aircraft that it is selling into the Brazilian market. The aim is to sell completed aircraft that have been assembled in the U.S. by the dealer at a price that is more than that of the Piper Meridian but well below that of the Pilatus PC-12.