Another Former Exec Sues Sino Swearingen

 - January 8, 2007, 9:45 AM

Former Sino Swearingen senior v-p of sales and marketing Gene Comfort is suing the SJ30-2 manufacturer for alleged promised bonuses, vacation pay owed, wrongful termination and economic and emotional damages. The suit, filed in a California Superior Court, claims Comfort was fired shortly after the SJ30-2 received FAA type certification on October 27 for the “false” reason of “insubordination” due to allegedly refusing “to obey a directive to attend a business meeting.” The suit also asserts that Comfort “was responsible” for the sale of 361 aircraft for which he is owed bonuses and commissions of an unspecified amount. Comfort’s lawsuit was filed last month, about the same time that former Sino Swearingen president Carl Chen filed a similar lawsuit in Texas. The two men worked together for 12 years on the AASI Jetcruzer, a single-engine turboprop pusher that never made it to production.