First Emivest SJ30 Delivered

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The first SJ30 light business jet to be delivered by Emivest, the company that resulted from the takeover of Sino Swearingen by Emirates Investment and Development Corp., was handed over to its new owner Sept. 23. The Emivest jet is serial number 8 and the third SJ30 to enter service. The well-appointed aircraft went to Harry Mahoney, who runs an international entertainment business. Mahoney had to wait four years for his aircraft as Sino Swearingen went through some difficult times before emerging as Emivest. "We have persevered through it all but have always known that the SJ30's performance would be worth the wait," Mahoney is quoted as saying by Emivest. There's another high-profile delivery to actor Morgan Freeman coming up next month.

The SJ30 underwent a protracted development period under the start-up company, Sino Swearingen, which was founded by designer Ed Swearingen and was heavily backed by the Taiwanese government. When political support disappeared for the American jet project, the company floundered until it found the Emirates backers. At last year's NBAA convention, the Emirates investors essentially pledged to do what it would take to get the business going again. Although it's a single-pilot light jet, the SJ30 mixes it up with bigger iron in terms of performance. It will cruise at 49,000 feet at .83 Mach and its pressurization system will maintain a 12-psi differential, meaning sea-level cabin pressure at 41,000 feet.