US-based light business jet maker SyberJet Aircraft has completed the first flight of its SJ30i aircraft in San Antonio, Texas.

The aircraft was equipped with SyberVision, a new cockpit based on the Honeywell Epic 2.0 avionics suite.

The company has conducted the flight test at its Engineering and Product Development Center at San Antonio International Airport (KSAT).

SyberJet has also started a certification test programme that will be conducted for 18 months. This will result in an amended type certificate for the SJ30i.

Following these developments, the company will focus on deliveries.

SyberJet chief engineering test pilot Mark Elwess said: “We completed all of the test points planned for the first flight and got a look at how much easier the cockpit and systems are to manage with the new Honeywell Epic 2.0 cockpit. The SJ30i known as the fastest and longest ranged light jet on the market now has a cockpit to lead us into the next generation.”

SJ30i is equipped with all the performance characteristics of the SJ30-2 model.

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The new aircraft, however, is fitted with four 12in displays, including the SmartView synthetic vision system (SVS), INAV moving map display system, electronics charts/maps, TCAS II, TAWS Level A, synoptic displays, dual flight management systems (FMS).

SyberJet Customer Experience vice-president Mark Fairchild said: “The SJ30i takes the original SJ30-2 to the next level. While it remains the fastest and longest-range jet in its class, the SJ30 now has all of the advances in cockpit and electronic design to make it simply the finest light jet available.”