SJ30-2 Lives Up To Claims, Says Company

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Sino Swearingen says its SJ30-2 light bizjet will meet or exceed all advertised performance claims when the FAA grants its type certificate, scheduled for sometime in the next couple of months. The company claims that at 486 knots it's the fastest "light" bizjet and says that with a range of more than 2,500 nm, it's got the longest legs. Sino Swearingen is also hyping the pressurization system, which can maintain sea-level conditions to 41,000 feet. "It is good to know that our extensive flight test program has resulted in validation of our design goals," said John Siemens, the senior engineering test pilot on the project. Although a test pilot and one of the flight test aircraft were lost during high-speed flutter tests two years ago, there have been no problems so severe since. "It has been demonstrated to be safe in all corners of the flight envelope by company and FAA pilots," said Mario Asselin, Manager of Flight Sciences, Weight, and Future Programs. Sino Swearingen has four plants and 600 employees building the plane. It will be assembled in San Antonio, Texas.