June 23, 2011
By Alton K. Marsh
After months of silence from the new owner of the SJ30 jet type certificate, manufactured in the past by Sino Swearingen and Emivest, Metalcraft Technologies (MT, LLC) says the company will continue under the name SyberJet.
While one of the former Emivest buildings in San Antonio was transferred to a company not involved in aircraft manufacturing, a second building remains. Syberjet officials have moved the Martinsburg, W.Va., assembly line to the company’s facilities in Cedar City, Utah, and are continuing operations in the remaining San Antonio building. The Martinsburg facility is now empty.
Mark Fairchild, the company spokesman and test pilot under past owners, is now the SyberJet general manager in San Antonio. “I am excited to be part of the future success of SyberJet. As a pilot, the SJ30 is an exhilarating jet to fly. SyberJet has a solid operating plan to deliver new SJ30s to the world marketplace. I look forward to providing more people the unique opportunity to experience the high performance capability that SJ30 affords its owners and operators.”
AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Alton Marsh has been a pilot since 1970 and has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates, aerobatic training, and a commercial seaplane certificate.
Nextant Aerospace, adding a remanufactured King Air to its remanufactured Hawker 400 offering, says the King Air (Nextant G90XT) will fly early next year.
Greg Pecoraro, AOPA vice president of airports and state advocacy, brought Indiana aviation community members up to date on the association’s initiatives.
Elbit Systems has upgraded infrared systems that see through darkness and weather for nearly visual landings and takeoffs, as well as taxi operations.
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