Epic Aircraft has received FAA type certification for its E1000 GX model, which is the next generation of its award winning Epic E1000. The new E1000 GX is equipped with the Garmin GFC 700 automated flight control system and the Hartzell five-blade composite propeller, offering improved performance, safety, comfort and versatility.
“The Garmin GFC 700 is a truly superior product, offering full integration with our G1000 NXi-equipped flight deck, along with impeccable ease of use and advanced safety features. It's a perfect upgrade to our world-class line of E1000 aircraft,” comments Epic CEO Doug King.
The Garmin GFC 700 is an advanced attitude and heading reference system (AHRS)-based flight control system, providing flight director, autopilot, yaw damper, automatic trim capabilities, emergency descent protection, coupled go around and more, are all intended to inspire confidence and ensure safe and smooth flight operations.
“We are also seeing benefits from the Hartzell five-blade, including improved speed, climb, range, payload and takeoff performance. Plus, we are experiencing quieter operations inside and outside the cabin,” adds King. The Hartzell five-blade propeller provides stronger, composite resin-injected blades that allow for a thinner, wider airfoil, which optimises flight performance, offering faster takeoff acceleration and enhanced speed, versatility and comfort.
Epic Aircraft received FAA TC for its original E1000 model in November 2019. Powered by the Pratt & Whitney 1,200-horsepower PT6A-67A engine, the all-carbon fibre single-engine turboprop delivers cruise speeds over 333 kts, climbs at 4,000 ft per minute and operates up to 34,000 ft, with a maximum payload over 2,200 pounds and a full fuel payload of 1,100 pounds.
The Epic E1000 received Flying Magazine's 2020 Flying Innovation Award, which recognises the most innovative product to have reached the general aviation market in the previous year. The award will officially be presented to Epic at EAA AirVenture later this month, after being delayed a year due to COVID. The E1000 was also selected by Plane & Pilot Magazine as its 2020 Plane of the Year.
The E1000 GX, which replaces the original E1000 model, is priced at $3.85 million. Customer deliveries will begin this month.