SyberJet is showcasing its SJ30i for the first time at NBAA, with the arrival of the light business jet at the static display coming just over a week after it made its maiden flight.
The aircraft, registration N50SJ, flew a 2h sortie on 9 October from the airframer’s San Antonio, Texas, base, kick-starting what SyberJet says will be “an 18-month certification test programme, which will culminate in an amended type certificate and immediate deliveries in 2021”.
The high-speed, six-seat business jet is an upgraded version of the SJ30-2, which was certificated in 2005 by its former owner Emivest Aerospace. Four examples were delivered and remain in service.
SyberJet parent MTI, whose subsidiary, Metalcraft Technologies, was the aft fuselage supplier for the SJ30, acquired the programme in 2011.
The SJ30i replaces its predecessor’s Honeywell Primus Epic control display system with a bespoke flightdeck based on the Epic 2.0 cockpit. Dubbed SyberVision, the suite offers four 12in displays, SmartView synthetic vision, a moving map display system, graphical flight planning and onboard weather radar, as well as dual flight management systems.
SyberVision also meets automatic dependent surveillance – broadcast out requirements, which will become compulsory in the USA and Europe from January and June 2020, respectively.
The Williams International FJ44-2A-powered SJ30i also has a redesigned lightweight interior, which is featured in a cabin mock-up on the SyberJet display.
The SJ30i fleet will consist of the five unsold and incomplete units that MTI acquired from Emivest. Each unit is priced at $8.3 million.
SyberJet is also working on the new standard version of the jet, to be powered by more fuel-efficient, higher-thrust FJ44-3AP-25 turbofans with dual FADEC controls.
Scheduled to enter service in 2022, the SJ30x will provide a variety of performance benefits including higher cruise speed at altitude, faster climb, more payload, and better hot-and-high performance. The $8.8 million aircraft will also feature single-point refuelling.