MARTINSBURG, W.Va. - The Sino Swearingen SJ30-2 corporate jet that is to be assembled in Berkeley County has completed its first 300 hours of flight testing, and the start-up date for the local factory remains on schedule, according to a company spokesman.
The 300 hours of flight testing, conducted in San Antonio, Texas, was done partly to confirm the plane's range and speed projections, according to Sino Swearingen spokesman Mike S. Potts.
The plane that was used to conduct the test flights will be retired, and Sino Swearingen will build five new jets at its San Antonio location. Those planes will be used for FAA certification of the SJ30-2, Potts said.
FAA certification could be complete in a little over a year, Potts said Wednesday.
Sino Swearingen officials are still planning to assemble the first jet in Martinsburg in May 2000.
"We've seen all the critical milestones, so we know we're on target," Potts said.