SJ30-2 finally earns FAA type certification

 - October 24, 2006, 12:32 PM

Following a nearly 20-year development program marked by financial and management challenges, technical issues and a fatal crash in 2003, San Antonio-based Sino Swearingen on October 27 received FAR Part 23 type certification for the SJ30-2. Receiving production certification will be the next milestone for the company.

The initial type certification approves the new twin-engine light business jet for day, night, VFR, IFR, single-pilot and “full performance envelope” operations. Remaining approvals, such as certification for flight into known icing and operation of cabin interior systems, will be completed before deliveries, scheduled to start in the first quarter of next year, according to the company.

Sino Swearingen senior manager of flight test Bob Kromer told AIN that by the end of last month, the company would fly an additional 75 hours to complete function and reliability requirements. FAA production certification is also pending.

Wings and fuselages for the SJ30-2 are being built in Martinsburg, W.Va., and will be shipped to San Antonio or final assembly and installation of he Williams International engines, avionics, cabin interior and other systems and components.

At the NBAA Convention last month, the company claimed orders for 295 aircraft (of which about 150 are from distributors) and said all orders are backed by nonrefundable cash deposits