On 9 October, the SJ30i light twinjet of SyberJet Aircraft made its first flight as part of the programme towards certification, which is expected in 2021. The SJ30i features the new Sybervision flight deck. The SJ30 was originally announced back in 1986 as the SA-30 fanjet and the programme has been beset by delays and multiple changes of ownership for the design and manufacture of the aircraft. Utah-based SyberJet Aircraft was established in 2011 by Metalcraft Technologies to own the type certificate and restart production of the SJ30.
Transport Canada granted approval for both the Bombardier Global 5500 and 6500 on 24 September. Both designs, which were originally unveiled at EBACE 2018, have now received approvals from EASA. FAA certification is understood to be imminent. Both aircraft are upgraded versions of the Global 5000 and 6000 respectively and feature a new wing, the Rolls-Royce Pearl 15 turbofan and a new flight deck.
Gulfstream Aerospace announced on 15 October that it had received EASA approval for the G500 twin. The aircraft first flew in May 2015 and received FAA approval on 20 July 2018.
Swiss manufacturer Pilatus announced that it has delivered the 50th example of its groundbreaking PC-24 Super Versatile Jet on the eve of NBAA-BACE. Delivery of the first aircraft took place on 7 February 2018 and the in-service fleet has now amassed 1,400 flying hours.
The company teased industry observers by stating that it would be revealing “The NeXt Big Thing” at NBAA-BACE in Las Vegas. The big reveal is the third generation of its popular PC-12 turboprop single – the PC-12NGX. The upgraded version features a new cabin, updated avionics and a new Pratt & Whitney Canada powerplant. It is understood that the new version began flight testing at the end of 2017 and is expected to receive FAA and EASA certification next month.