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Kit-plane maker Epic plans to expand


Epic Aircraft is planning to expand next year and could add between 40 and 150 new jobs as the company aims to start producing certified aircraft. The Bend, Oregon-based company previously only made homebuilt aircraft, with owner-builders doing their share of the specialized fabrication and assembly at the company’s plant. A Russian firm bought Epic earlier this year with plans to seek full FAA certification for the Epic LT, so that the company could assemble and sell the plans as finished aircraft instead of being classified as homebuilts. So far, Epic hasn’t commented on its expansion plans. But the company won approval for a change of its hangar lease in Bend, to take over a much larger facility once used by Columbia Aircraft and Cessna. Epic plans to certify the turboprop LT as the Epic E1000, but has not announced a timeline for doing so.