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.
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh
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.
Sonex Aircraft brought what might be the only new jet-powered aircraft to EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis.–a research-and-development project intended to evaluate market reception for a small jet airplane kit.
Hawker Beechcraft yesterday unveiled the latest version of its venerable C90 King Air turboprop twin at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis. Deliveries of the new $3.65 million King Air C90GTx are scheduled to begin early next year. The GTx replaces the GTi, which was launched at AirVenture in 2007.
Bend, Ore.-based Stratos Aircraft on Tuesday began taking refundable escrowed $50,000 deposits for its single-engine Stratos 714 very light jet. Company chief technology officer Carsten Sundin told AIN that the first 25 aircraft will be sold for $2 million each, after which there will be a modest, but as-yet-undetermined, price increase.
Dornier Seaplane exhibited its all-composite Seastar amphibian at the Canadian Business Aviation Association show in Montreal in late May, showing off fresh paint and an upgraded interior. The Seastar program “is gaining momentum,” according to Joe Walker, CEO of the Punta Gorda, Fla.-based company, which has taken orders for 25 of the twin-turboprop amphibians.
Certification of the single-engine Diamond D-Jet has been delayed again and is now scheduled for early next year. At last year’s EAA AirVenture show, Diamond announced that certification was going to take place this year. Meanwhile, D-Jet numbers two and three continue flight testing in Texas, which offers a much more benign climate than Diamond’s London, Ontario (Canada) headquarters.