Oct 27 2005
-West Virginians Building First All-New American Corporate Jet in Over 45 Years--
Washington, DC – Capping what has been more than 15 years of perseverance and hard work attracting Sino Swearingen to West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle, Senator Jay Rockefeller (D-WV) congratulated the company for receiving its Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) type certification today. The FAA certification means that Sino Swearingen can begin commercial production of the SJ30-2, the first new American corporate jet manufactured and designed from scratch in 45 years.
“To say that this day is monumental would be an enormous understatement,” said Rockefeller. “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.
“As today shows, the future is now. The SJ30-2 is ready to fly on its own.
“Today’s announcement also represents an enormous victory for the Eastern Panhandle – it means the Martinsburg plant will be ramping up to 300-400 jobs in the next 3-4 years, and it solidifies West Virginia’s position on the aviation manufacturing map. The industry is sitting up and taking notice of us today -- you can be sure of that.”