Sino Swearingen Predicts TC By End Of 2005...

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New Jet Nearly Certified

With the bizjet focus squarely on the emerging very light jet VLJ (or entry-level, as Cessna prefers) market, a San Antonio company has been working in its shadow for about five years. But Sino Swearingen burst into the spotlight earlier this week with the announcement that its SJ30-2 light jet (13,500 pounds) is essentially one step away from FAA certification. In a news release, company President Gene Comfort said the plane was issued final Type Inspection Authorizations (TIA) and that means type certification is virtually guaranteed by the end of the year. A total of 13 blocks of testing were required to get through the TIA stage. The issuance of the TIAs signifies that the aircraft meets FAA standards. "The SJ30-2 has consistently shown complete adherence and total compliance to all FAA regulations," Comfort said in the release.