Aircraft Investor Resources (AIR), manufacturer of the Epic LT turboprop, will build a 100,000-square-foot facility at Springbank Airport in Calgary, Alberta, making it the first American aircraft company to take advantage of the new Canadian Center for Aircraft Certification (CCAC) instead of the traditional certification process in the United States. Moving the company’s entire certified manufacturing facilities to Springbank will “provide a streamlined and cost-effective testing, evaluation and certification service for general aviation and we are honored to be the first company in the world to take advantage of it,” said Rick Schrameck, AIR’s CEO. Reciprocity agreements between the Canadian government and the FAA guarantee that any aircraft certification earned in Canada is recognized equally in both countries.
AIR recently announced plans to produce the Epic Dynasty, a certified version of the popular Epic LT, now built in Bend, Ore., and a second aircraft, the Epic Elite, a twin engine entry into the certified Very Light Jet (VLJ) category. Schrameck anticipates certification of the Epic Dynasty by 2008, and the Epic Elite jet a year later.