SJ30 jet sets new world speed record
Dubai, November 16, 2008
The SJ30 light business jet, manufactured by Emivest Aerospace Corporation, set a new world speed record by flying seven hours and seven minutes from London to Dubai recently, including a 41-minute refuelling stop in Istanbul.
This London-Dubai record is currently the fastest time recorded for any aircraft below 20,000 lbs, as officially certified by the National Aeronautical Association, said a company statement.
The jet is being showcased at the Action Aviation pavilion, distributor of the SJ30, at the ongoing Middle East Business Aviation (MEBA) 2008 which is being held from November 16 to 18 in Dubai.
“As the world’s fastest light business jet, the SJ30 is completely built for speed using innovative concepts in wing design ensuring it is aerodynamic and has the ability to cancel out gusts of wind. Since its first introduction, the SJ30 has been making world speed record flights including its record-breaking journey from Texas, USA to Dubai last year for the Dubai Airshow,” said Emivest chairman, Buti Saeed Al Ghandi.
“The Middle East is now the world’s fastest expanding market for private jets with industry experts forecasting it will account for $720 million of the private jet market this year making the region a strong territory for the SJ30. Emivest Aerospace is looking forward to embracing these opportunities that lie ahead by bringing the SJ30 to market in large scale production,” he added.
“With the high-speed cruise of 486 kts and a range of 2,500 nautical miles, the SJ30 jet has truly exceptional performance for a light jet. Breaking records has become almost a habit with the SJ30.'
'Last year, we flew our SJ30 aircraft a world record distance in a 24 hour period of 7810 nautical miles (14,500 kms) straight from San Antonio, Texas to Dubai, for the Dubai Air Show. In July 2006, we flew another SJ30 straight across the Atlantic in one hop, creating a new speed record for its weight class,” said Action Aviation chairman, Hamish Harding.
“Emivest Aerospace is capitalising on business jet demands not only in the Middle East but also in emerging markets in Asia. Despite the recent global crunch, these demands are surprisingly increasing in some parts of the world, particularly in China, which is expected to have double-digit growth for the coming years,” said Anthony Power, CEO, Emivest Aerospace Corporation.
“MEBA is the perfect platform for the SJ30 as this is an event for companies and individuals involved in the chartering, purchasing, operating, etc of business and VIP jets for private or corporate use. Emivest Aerospace’s partnership with Action Aviation hopes to meet the increasing demand for business jets in the region and others as well,” Power concluded.-TradeArabia News Service