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.
Continuing significant orders to the training market shows that Piper Aircraft is making progress in its three-year plan to gain market share in that competitive arena.
L-3 Aviation Products plans to join the general aviation ADS-B world with its Lynx MultiLink Surveillance System. The new products will be “specifically tailored to fit the panel and budget of today’s general aviation aircraft and pilots,” said Larry Riddle, vice president of sales and marketing.
It was a big day for the newly resurrected Mooney International Corp. Mooney president Jerry Chen handed over the keys to the first airplane to roll out of the Kerrville, Texas, manufacturer’s newly reactivated factory site.
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