Doug King, CEO of the LT Builders Group, yesterday at EAA AirVenture said that kits for the $1.9 million (complete) single-engine turboprop LT are back in production at the former Epic factory in Bend, Ore. Epic filed for bankruptcy last year and was liquidated. The LT Builders Group subsequently acquired exclusive rights for the former Epic kitplane designs in North America and the U.S. territories.
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
The world’s largest reunion organization of Douglas DC-3s since World War II, dubbed “The Last Time,” is one step closer with the appointment of eight industry experts to assist in the planning for the historic and world record setting formation flight.
Aspen Avionics is exhibiting at this month’s Heli-Expo convention in Houston, marking the first time the six-year-old company has had a presence at a helicopter show.
Dornier’s twin-turboprop all-composite Seastar CD2 made its first appearance at the EAA AirVenture show in Oshkosh, Wis., in July, the first stop in a tour of North America that included demo flights in Vancouver, Canada, and Seattle, culminating in a visit to the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance in Monterey, Calif., in August. At Oshkosh, “The response was much greater than anticipated,” said Dornier Seaplane CEO Joe Walker.
The 578,000 or so people who attended this year’s EAA AirVenture show in Oshkosh, Wis., consumed beverages contained in at least six tons of packaging. This year Anheuser-Busch Recycling and local Aviation Explorer Posts teamed up and collected 11,780 pounds of recyclable materials from the show grounds, including campgrounds. The haul of materials consisted of 70 percent plastic and 30 percent aluminum cans.
Epic Aircraft’s plan to transition from the kit-built market to certified aircraft has suffered a setback. At the EAA AirVenture show in Oshkosh, Wis., at the end of July, only one Epic LT single-engine turboprop was on display, and company founder, chairman and CEO Rick Schrameck never showed up. In July, Epic’s facility in Bend, Ore., was locked shut and employees sent home.
That the annual EAA AirVenture show offers a mouth-watering and impossible-to-swallow cornucopia of everything aviation was never more evident than at this year’s event, where a colossal Airbus A380 shared the ramp at AeroShell Square with Burt Rutan’s most outlandish creation yet, the spaceship-launching Virgin Galactic WhiteKnightTwo built by the talented crew at Scaled Composites.
Epic Aircraft’s facility in Bend, Ore., has been locked shut and company founder, chairman and CEO Rick Schrameck seems to have disappeared. Epic usually has a large presence at the annual EAA AirVenture show in Oshkosh, Wis., but this year there was just one Epic LT single-engine turboprop on display without any company banners or signs.
The new owner of Adam Aircraft said this week at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., that he plans to decide whether to place a modified version of the A500 push-pull twin into production by year-end.
RotorWay unveiled a new production turbine trainer helicopter yesterday at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. The Eagle 300T will be powered by a Rolls-Royce RR300 similar, but not identical, to the engine powering the Robinson R66. RotorWay CEO Grant Norwitz said the new helicopter will cost “more than a Robinson R22 and less than a Robinson R66.” Company officials said they expect the 300T to be certified before the end of 2011.