In The Works: Sino Swearingen SJ30-2

 - May 15, 2008, 8:31 AM

After 10 years in development, Sino Swearingen is now building the first customer SJ30-2 business jet, S/N 005, at the company’s 87,500-sq-ft Martinsburg, W. Va. factory. The completed aircraft is scheduled for delivery in the third quarter of next year, nine months after the Williams-powered jet is anticipated to receive its type certification. Assembly of wings and fuselages in Martinsburg represents a change from Sino Swearingen’s original production plan.
The company had planned to have wing  and fuselage assemblies built by Gamesa
of Spain, but that contract was canceled
last year because Sino Swearingen was dissatisfied with Gamesa’s quality and schedule. After considering numerous alternatives, including a preliminary agreement with Gulfstream IV-SP wing supplier Aerostructures in Nashville, Tenn., Sino Swearingen elected to obtain the tooling from Gamesa and do the work in-house. Unfortunately, cancellation of the Gamesa contract resulted in lawsuits between Sino Swearingen and Gamesa, and added about 18 months to the SJ30-2 development program, a spokesman said.
Meanwhile, in San Antonio work is proceeding on schedule to obtain type certification for the SJ30-2 by the end of this year. When the TC is awarded, Sino Swearingen contends it will become the “first all-new company to certify a new business jet in nearly