In March we all realized that a pandemic was spreading rapidly around the world. All of us were concerned and governments and businesses reacted using the very limited information available. Initially, it appeared that this might run its course and we would go back to work as normal. Normal seems so long ago. The world economy has changed, rules have changed, and as such, our business has changed. The time has come to recognize this state as the current, near-term, normal. We feel obligated to tell you that we will no longer be expecting to bring back 100% of the people that were laid off. Although we have brought back many, there are many of you still without jobs. I want you to know that this was not because of you – it was the impact of a global situation beyond your control.
Epic is in a strong position to deliver airplanes and grow. That growth, however, will take time. We now expect to hire 20-30 people before the end of the year. That is below the number that are still out there. After today, we will no longer be posting COVID updates or having Thursday zoom calls. I want to direct all of you to our normal hiring web page as we post our offerings on that site. We hope that, if circumstances allow, you will apply for positions that come up. Even though it may not be your previous position, we encourage you to apply as we would rather hire from the pool of displaced employees than outside. I wish you well in your future wherever that may lead you.
We have more exciting news to share with everyone!
The FAA has been here all week, conducting an audit of our manufacturing and quality assurance programs and processes. This morning, they announced the audit has been successfully concluded and awarded us our E1000 Production Certificate!
This is a HUGE milestone for our company and our customers! It will help accelerate deliveries by enabling us to manufacture, flight test, and issue airworthiness certificates with reduced FAA presence.
Thank you all for your hard work and dedication in support of Epic! We hope to bring more employees back to work in coming weeks. Stay tuned and stay safe!
We will be hosting a Zoom meeting today at 3:30 pm. Details below:
Join Zoom Meeting
3:30 pm Thursday 7/23/2020
Meeting ID: 995 3121 8858
We have been hosting the FAA all week in preparation for our Production Certification audit. Things are going well and the FAA is providing lots of positive input. However, we don’t have time for a Zoom call today.
As promised, here is a link to the Epic E100 feature article in the August issue of Flying Magazine. Be sure to check it out!
With the resurgence of COVID cases locally and across the country, please continue to be vigilant and safe.
Have a great weekend and see you next week.
Hope everyone had a safe and relaxing Fourth of July!
This week, we are happy to welcome back more members of our Epic family and hope to continue that process in coming weeks.
Be sure to check out the August issue of Flying Magazine, which hits the shelves this week, featuring Epic on the cover, along with a glowing article about the E1000. We will post a pdf of the feature article on this page and on our website as soon as it’s available.
As you recall, Epic was selected to receive the 2020 Flying Innovation Award last week, which is a tremendous honor and accomplishment.
This industry recognition is certainly due to the hard work, talent and dedication of the entire Epic team. Thank you for your support!
We will be hosting a Zoom meeting today at 3:30 pm.