Commercial production of a jet partially built in Martinsburg can now begin since Sino Swearingen received type certification from the Federal Aviation Administration Thursday for its SJ30-2 plane.
The main shell of the seven-person, $5.5 million jet is built in a plant outside of Martinsburg before being shipped to San Antonio for full assembly.
U.S. Sen. Jay Rockefeller, D-W.Va., who worked to bring Sino Swearingen to West Virginia, congratulated the company on obtaining certification.
"To say that this day is monumental would be an enormous understatement," Rockefeller said, according to a press release from his office. "When I first began meeting with the inventors in the early 1990s, a lot of people said that this day would never happen. But a lot of us involved from the outset had confidence in this project, and we persisted in moving it forward. We had an unblinking vision, and we were prepared to do a whole lot of plain old hard work. It's a great feeling of pride and achievement."