Maiden flight for SyberJet’s SJ30i

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SyberJet has completed the first flight of its SJ30i aircraft featuring the SyberVision cockpit. The company aims to complete the certification test programme in 18 months, resulting in an amended type certificate for the SJ30i and setting the stage for deliveries immediately thereafter.

SyberVision is an all-new cockpit based around the Honeywell Epic 2.0 avionics suite, featuring ergonomic enhancements, electronic standby attitude/heading display and more.

The flight was conducted by Mark Elwess, chief engineering test pilot, and Robert Moehle, senior flight test engineer, out of SyberJet’s Engineering and Product Development Center at San Antonio International Airport. “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 Elwess. “The SJ30i, known as the fastest and longest-range light jet on the market, now has a cockpit to lead us into the next generation.”

The SJ30i, with SyberVision, retains all of the performance characteristics of SyberJet’s current SJ30-2 model but features four 12in LCDs, including the SmartView synthetic vision system, INAV moving map display system, electronics charts/maps, TCAS II, TAWS Level A, synoptic displays, dual flight management systems with dual WAAS GPS/LPV, single inertial navigation system, onboard weather radar, full EICAS, electronic checklists, DME, ADS-B Out, and 0.3 nm RNP, as well as support for FANS-1A, SmartLanding, SmartRunway, TOLD, ADS-B In, emergency descent mode and RVSM operations. Options include CPDLC, XM weather, flight data recorder, cockpit voice recorder, dual charts/maps, HF radio, satcom, enhanced vision systems, a second MFD, and the flexibility for other customer requests.

“The SJ30i takes the original SJ30-2 to the next level,” said Mark Fairchild, vice president of customer experience at SyberJet. “While it remains the fastest and longest-range jet in its class, the SJ30 now has all of the advances in cockpit and electronic design to make it simply the finest light jet available. In addition, the SJ30i also features an all-new interior design in conjunction with the lowest cabin altitude of any business jet flying today to provide a bespoke experience for its passengers and crew.”

“First flight of the SJ30i is a significant milestone for the programme,” said Chuck Taylor, president of SyberJet. “Our research and development team and supplier partners have done a fantastic job of integrating the SyberVision cockpit into the proven SJ30 platform. SyberVision makes the fastest and longest-range light business jet in the world, the SJ30, even better.”

The flight test aircraft will be on static display at NBAA-BACE 2019, to be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, on 22-24 October.

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