Sino Swearingen SJ30 Completes Another Certification Milestone
Sino Swearingen Aircraft Corp. (SSAC) last week announced reaching another milestone en route to FAA certification of its SJ30 medium-size business jet as Flight Test Aircraft serial number 0003 completed all of its required flight testing. Serial number 0003 is the youngest in the company's fleet of three flight-test aircraft, and has accumulated more than 725 actual flight-test hours. Test cards accomplished by s/n 0003 include high-Mach lateral directional tests, engine-fire suppression tests, unusable fuel tests, engine operating characteristics and engine-out conditions, air-starts, noise compliance, extreme cold and severe hot weather operations, engine-airframe natural icing tests and more. Test flights were performed by SSAC Senior Test Pilot Mark Elwess, Senior Flight Test Manager and DER Schuyler Horn, Senior Flight Test Engineer and Co-pilot Mark Fairchild and Senior Flight Test Engineer and Co-Pilot Patrick Carvel. Sino Swearingen Aircraft Corporation is FAA certifying the new SJ30-2 twin-engine business jet at San Antonio, Texas, with over 550 employees in four facilities totaling over 220,000 square feet in the USA coast to coast. The Sino Swearingen SJ30-2 business jet is designed to be a high-performance, ultra-long-range intercontinental jet operating at altitudes up to FL490 and speeds up to Mach 0.83. At its maximum altitude of FL490, the SJ30-2 will have a cabin altitude of 1,800 feet; it is designed to maintain a sea-level cabin through FL410 and will be certified for single-pilot operation.