Spectrum Aeronautical has slowed development of the lightweight high-performance S.40 Freedom and S.33 Independence jets due to resource constraints. The company is developing the prototype S.40 at sister firm Rocky Mountain Composites in Spanish Fork, Utah.
Although Spectrum Aeronautical has decided to skip this year’s NBAA Convention, the all-composite S-40 Freedom midsize twinjet will still fly next year, according to company president Austin Blue.
The $6.2 million (2006 $) S-40 will be powered by a pair of GE Honda HF120 turbofans. The engine is expected to be certified next year as well. “We’re keeping track of the GE Honda engine development rather closely,” said Blue.
In the wake of the recent failure of several competitors, Spectrum Aeronautical is moving ahead cautiously on the development of its all-composite S-40 midsize jet, according to company president Austin Blue.
Spectrum Aeronautical (Booth No. 6761) continues to develop its all-composite S-40 midsize and S-33 light jets at its recently expanded Spanish Fork, Utah factory in anticipation of certification for the S-40 by 2010 and the S-33 thereafter.
Spectrum Aeronautical will unveil a conceptual mockup of the stand-up cabin S-40 interior at its booth tomorrow at the NBAA Convention in Atlanta. Meanwhile, the start-up aircraft manufacturer continues to develop its all-composite S-40 medium and S-33 light jets at its recently expanded Spanish Fork, Utah facility. Spectrum remains on track to certify the S-40 Freedom by 2010 and the S-33 Independence thereafter.
The decision by Spectrum Aeronautical to flip-flop the development schedule for its airplanes by certifying the all-carbon-fiber midsize S-40 Freedom before the S-33 Independence light jet could be judged as a shrewd move in years hence. After all, the market is already flush with diminutive light and very light bizjet offerings from a compendium of start-up and established manufacturers.
Spectrum Aeronautical has upgraded the engines that power its S-33 Independence very light jet, and the company is also reversing the order of certification for the S-33 and S-40 Freedom, moving the S-40 to the front burner. The reason for switching the certification plans is so that Spectrum can capitalize on the lack of competition in the midsize cabin class.
Spectrum Aeronautical, the California-based start-up manufacturer, said it is taking orders for its all-composite business jets “faster than we can build them.”
Start-up Spectrum Aeronautical of Los Angeles today unveiled a nine-seat, $3.65 million all-composite very light jet.
Spectrum Aeronautical (Booth No. 960) is laying the foundations for a delivery and support network in Europe with subsidiary Spectrum Aviation Europe it established last year in Luxembourg.
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