"The airplane handles wonderfully,"
The pilots were able to successfully complete all tests planned for the first flight. All systems performed as expected, Tobias said.
They were able to test all the major systems, avionics, flaps, landing gear, pressurization system, anti-ice capabilities, stability and control.
"To go out and run the card as we did today amazes me," Tobias said.
The test flight lasted just under 2.5 hours. The plane reached an altitude of 28,000 feet and attained speeds of 230 mph.
The Latitude will hold up to nine passengers and has a range of 2,500 nautical miles. Certification and entry into service are expected in the second quarter of 2015.
The Latitude is positioned between
"You climb in and sit in the seat, and you really feel the space," Tobias said. An extra 12 inches in the fuselage's width makes a difference.
"It doesn't sound like much, but you get in there and it's substantial," he said.
The new larger four-piece windshield opens up the sight lines from the cockpit, he said.
The company has received good interest in the plane, said
The Latitude was built from the Sovereign design, but with a larger-diameter cabin and shorter fuselage. The plane was designed from customer input.
"The biggest challenge was laying out a very aggressive schedule," said
The plane was engineered efficiently and on an accelerated schedule, officials said.
On the next flight, planned for Wednesday, Tobias said he will take the plane up to 45,000 feet and fly at 506 mph.
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