After more than 60 hours of high-speed flight testing at Mojave, Calif., last month, the Sino Swearingen SJ30-2 completed this important phase of testing. The tests covered 331 data points at three altitudes–18,000 feet, 28,000 feet and 41,000 feet. During dive testing from 45,000 feet to 41,000 feet, the airplane (S/N 004) reached a maximum airspeed of Mach 0.90, which was required to confirm the
Sino Swearingen SJ30-2
Sino Swearingen last month said it had passed FAA tests that enable the SJ30-2 to meet its advertised pressurization differential of 12 psi, higher than any other business jet or airliner. At 12 psi, the new twinjet will have a sea-level cabin at 41,000 feet altitude and an 1,800-foot cabin at the maximum altitude of 49,000 feet, according to the company.
After almost a year without a stated estimate of a certification target date for its SJ30-2, San Antonio-based Sino Swearingen now says it expects to receive the type certificate under Part 23 (commuter category) in the third quarter of next year.
On March 10 Sino Swearingen received from the FAA type inspection authorizations (TIA) for systems and high-speed upsets. TIA authorization for the FAA certification process is the approval from the FAA to move to the next phase of testing for the items passed.
Stevens Aviation has begun work on the first Sino Swearingen SJ30 interior. The Greenville, S.C.-based shop has signed a letter of intent with Sino Swearingen and anticipates being able to do as many as 12 SJ30 cabins a year, “depending on how fast they can roll them out of the factory,” said Stevens president and COO Glenn Brown.
One year after receiving FAA type certification for its SJ30 light jet, Sino Swearingen delivered the first customer airplane to Doug Jaffe of San Antonio, one of the early investors in the SJ30 program. The “J” in the model name stands for Jaffe, while the “S” is for designer Ed Swearingen, who began designing the jet in 1982 and launched the program in the late 1980s.
Twenty years after it was conceived by legendary aircraft designer Ed Swearingen, the Sino-Swearingen SJ30-2 is making its European debut here at EBACE. In its long march to the market, the seven-seat jet finally received a type certificate from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration in October. Last month it rounded the approval process off with clearance for flight into known-icing conditions and for its cabin configuration.
Jet Aviation’s FBO at London Biggin Hill Airport is set to become the first international authorized service center for the Sino-Swearingen SJ30-2 business jet. The two companies signed a memorandum of understanding here at the EBACE show yesterday.
HighTech Finishing (Booth No. 1379) last year had its best 12 months since 2001. The Texas company, which supplies decorative plating for aircraft interior fittings, attributes this strong performance to demand for new aircraft as well as increased activity in refurbishment of older aircraft.
Sino Swearingen recently conducted cold-soak testing of its SJ30-2 at a facility at Eglin AFB, Fla., completing another requirement for FAA certification. The aircraft was soaked at -40 degrees C and then tested for avionics performance; pre-start, engine start and operation; landing gear retraction and extension; hydraulic system operations; and functions of other systems and controls.