Safire Files For Type Certificate

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Safire Aircraft Company, based in Opa Locka, Fla., has filed a Type Certificate application with the FAA for the Safire Jet, the company said last week. The step marks the first phase of the jet's certification process, said CEO Camilo Salomon, as well as a significant milestone in the aircraft's development process. Major assemblies and components will begin arriving in the spring, Salomon said, to start assembly of the first prototype. The six-place, twin-turbofan-powered Safire Jet, priced at $1.395 million, is scheduled to make its first flight this year, with deliveries beginning in 2006. The company plans to build two flying prototypes, one static test "article" and one fatigue test "article." The flight test/certification program will continue into 2006.