San Antonio , TX , USA – Sino Swearingen Aircraft Corp. (SSAC) announced today that it recently made the first flight of the third and final FAA conformed flight test aircraft for FAA certification.
Company and customer excitement and enthusiasm rose another huge level as S/N 0005 (pictured center) joined test aircraft S/N0003 and S/N0004. All three aircraft are flying aggressive FAA testing sequences as often as seven days a week.
One test aircraft is used for systems tests, performing certification requirements on electrical, hydraulic, bleed air systems, etc. The second aircraft is the aerodynamics and performance test aircraft, flying tests to determine minimum flight speeds, handling qualities, measuring climb performance, and determining high Mach number cruise capabilities. The third aircraft is used to test function and reliability, avionics, systems, interior, and various other FAA requirements. On several occasions, all thee aircraft are launched within minutes of each other showing the aggressive flight test program and its rapid progress.
Dr. Carl L. Chen, CEO and President of SSAC stated today: “This is a huge and exciting milestone for Sino Swearingen Aircraft. Now that this third aircraft and the other two are flying almost every day, we are closing rapidly on the last portions of the FAA certification. The dedicated and hard working pilots and members of the flight test team led by Alfred Baumbusch, Senior Vice President, Operations and Robert Kromer, Senior Manager, Flight Test Operations have paid off enormously. This amazing team has completed all critical high speed FAA flight testing including; high speed flutter dive testing to Mach .90, stall speed testing at 91kts., maximum high speed cruise testing (Mmo) at Mach .83 and more. Over two and a half years ago, we projected certification for the second half of this year and we are on time and on schedule to meet that deadline. Thanks to the hard work and tireless efforts from all of our dedicated employees and the FAA we are consistently making our goals.”
Alfred Baumbusch, Senior Vice President Operations said, “Serial number 0005 is the first aircraft to be built using major production tooling and production personal that will be used for all future customer aircraft. This aircraft entering service proves our capability to manufacture and deliver high quality SJ30 aircraft to future customers.”
Sino Swearingen Aircraft Corporation is certifying the new high performance, SJ30 corporate twinjet in San Antonio TX with 425 employees in four facilities totaling over 220,000 sq ft in the USA Coast To Coast. The Company continues spectacular acceleration of the FAA certification projected to be final in the second half of the year. The new Sino Swearingen SJ30 business jet is an outstanding performance, long range, intercontinental twinjet aircraft with an incredible 2,875 sm range and one of the highest cruise speeds in the industry Mach .83 (560 mph). The SJ30 operates at altitudes to 49,000 feet and maintains a “sea level cabin” to 41,000 ft with the best pressurization in the business jet world, 12 psi. The new SJ30 will also have certification for single pilot operations. Sino Swearingen Aircraft Corp. 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.