The initial flight lasted more than 40 minutes, giving company test pilots Dave Morss and Len Fox the chance to explore the aircraft´s control surfaces and low level performance capabilities.
The carbon fiber Elite is powered by two Williams Jet FJ-33-4 engines that deliver 3,120 pounds of thrust. The jet can reach FL410 in less than 17 minutes and boasts a sizzling top speed of 410 KTAS, according to company officials. The cockpit features all-glass Garmin G900X panels. The Elite will be RVSM compliant.
The Epic Elite will make its formal debut July 23 during AirVenture in Oshkosh. The company´s second jet, the single-engine Victory, also will fly into Oshkosh, just seven months from a clean sheet design.
The Elite Jet will be available in 2007 as an owner-built aircraft. A six- to eight-passenger version of the jet is expected to be certified in late 2009.