San Antonio, TX, USA – Sino Swearingen Aircraft Corp. (SSAC) announced today that it added another milestone announcement to the FAA certification program, Flight Test Aircraft Serial Number 0003 has now finished all of its FAA flight testing, with 100% value added to the final FAA certification program, due later this year. Mark Elwess, Senior Flight Test Pilot stated today: “This marks a major milestone for the Sino Swearingen SJ30 FAA Certification project. Aircraft N30SJ (SN0003) just completed its last FAA TIA flight testing with the completion of the Auto Pilot Performance and Malfunction tests after an amazing list of tests accumulated”
SJ30 twinjet aircraft N30SJ, the earliest in the fleet of three flight test aircraft, has accumulated an extraordinary number of actual flight test hours that exceeded 725 hours. These hours included numerous and wide-ranging combinations of Company and FAA compliance Flight Testing. Tests involved were extensive high Mach lateral directional tests, engine in flight fire suppression tests, in flight unusable fuel tests, flight testing of engine operating characteristics and engine out conditions, engine in flight, air start tests, noise compliance tests, extreme cold and severe hot weather operations tests, engine-airframe natural icing tests and more.
Test pilots are the ultimate pilots in the aviation world. They fly beyond the limits and outside the envelope to make new aircraft the safest form of transportation. These gentlemen actually fly directly into real icing conditions with the anti-icing turned off, and watch the ice build up on the wings and empennage, which have been painted flat black for better viewing, through cameras installed on the exterior of the aircraft and then they “stall the aircraft” and perform various maneuvers to verify the handling characteristics under these extreme conditions. They actually shut engines off to prove its excellent single-engine capabilities, they run out of fuel with one engine and land with one engine only to find the unusable fuel of an aircraft. They perform a tremendous amount of tests out-side of the envelope that the average person would never think about to provide exceptionally detailed information to the FAA and to pilots that will be flying the new SJ30 in the future. All of this is to meet extreme FAA certification standards and to provide valuable data for information under severe conditions to all pilots that will fly the new SJ30 twinjet for generations to come. These test pilots and all test pilots in the world are the reason, pilots and passengers can feel very secure flying aircraft, and purchasing a newly FAA certificated aircraft knowing that virtually everything has been done to ensure that aircraft and aviation are the safest possible.
Sino Swearingen Aircraft Corporation is FAA certifying the new SJ30 twin engine business jet at San Antonio TX with over 550 employees in four facilities totaling over 220,000 sq ft in the USA Coast To Coast. The Company continues spectacular acceleration in the certification process and recently received the first final FAA TIA for a twinjet business aircraft in over three decades. The final TIA is the last major threshold prior to the FAA certification TC (Type Certification) projected to be final in the second half of this year. The new Sino Swearingen SJ30 business jet is a very high performance, ultra long range, intercontinental, twinjet aircraft with an incredible 2,875 sm range (2,500 nm) and one of the highest cruise speeds in the history of the light jet industry at Mach .83 (560 mph). The SJ30 will operate at altitudes up to 49,000 feet with a cabin at 1,800 fr and maintain a “Sea Level Cabin” through 41,000 ft with the best pressurization in the world, 12 psi. The new SJ30 will also have certification for single pilot operations and slow approach speeds, a Vref of approximately 105 kts coupled with very easy to fly handling characteristics and short field landing and balanced field takeoff distances approximately 3,515 ft. Sino Swearingen Aircraft Corporation business plan is aggressively geared to become the world’s leading aircraft producer by creating a family of cost-efficient, high performance, high-quality, superior technology, business jets. Specifications are preliminary and subject to change.