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August 2005 Issue

It's Epic!

This 1200-hp single gives new meaning to the term fast glass.

If it's indeed true that speed sells, the Epic LT ought to be popping out of the molds in Bend, Oregon, at a ferocious pace. After all, this outsized six-seater, offered initially as an Experimental/Amateur-Built aircraft but destined to be FAR Part 23 certified and mass produced, cooks along at an eye-widening 403 mph--a number that still sounds mighty impressive as 350 knots. That's fleeter yet than the Turbine Legend and even a turbine-powered Lancair IV. If you're shopping across the aisle in production turboprop singles, know that the current Epic beats the Pilatus PC-12, which boasts the same total power, by 80 knots and the EADS/Socata TBM700 by a solid 50 knots.

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