Viper Aircraft flew its ViperJet kitplane for the first time in late October.

The two-seat Turboméca Marbore 6-powered prototype flew a 15-minute test flight from its base at Pacso, Washington.

The composite ViperJet has dual controls and is targeted at the training and private flying markets. Performance projections for the aircraft include a maximum cruise speed of 740km (400kt), a maximum climb rate of around 25m/s (5,000 ft/min), and a maximum gross weight of 1590kg (3,500lb).

Source: Flight International