ViperJet Executive Edition Unveiled

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Viper Aircraft Corp., which has been selling kit versions of its personal jet for several years now, will showcase its new ViperJet MKII Executive edition on May 17 at the Porsche Aviation Jet Preview in Van Nuys, Calif. “We listened to our target audience and created the ViperJet MKII Executive to meet and exceed their expectations,” said Scott Hanchette, president of Viper Aircraft. The jet’s interior features integrated glass-cockpit flight systems by OP Technologies, adjustable front and rear seats upholstered in Italian leather, and overlay accents of layered Brazilian burl wood. The cabin design has been optimized for interior spaciousness and comfort, the company says.

The fully aerobatic airplane is powered by a single GE J-85/CJ-610 powerplant generating 2,850 lbs. of thrust. Prices for the basic MKII kit start at about $191,900. The prototype MKII first flew in 2004, and about 23 kits are now in the process of being built, company vice president Dan Hanchette told AVweb on Tuesday.