SyberJet Aircraft has announced that its SJ30i business jet successfully completed its first flight earlier this month. The SJ30i is an upgraded version of the SJ30-2, adding the Honeywell Epic 2.0-based SyberVision avionics suite and features such as a synthetic vision system, moving map display, dual flight management systems and onboard weather radar. The aircraft’s first flight took place out of the company’s facility at Texas’ San Antonio International Airport (KSAT) and marks the start of a planned 18-month certification test program.
“We completed all of the test points planned for the first flight and got a look at how much easier the cockpit and systems are to manage with the new Honeywell Epic 2.0 cockpit,” said SyberJet Chief Engineering Test Pilot Mark Elwess. “The SJ30i known as the fastest and longest ranged light jet on the market now has a cockpit to lead us into the next generation.”
According to SyberJet, the SJ30i “retains all of the same performance characteristics of SyberJet’s current SJ30-2 model.” The Williams FJ44-2A-powered SJ30i has a top cruise speed of 486 knots, 2,500-NM range and service ceiling of 49,000 feet. The aircraft will be on display at the 2019 NBAA Convention in Las Vegas, Nevada, next week.