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VICE ECONOMICS MINISTER TO INSPECT SINO SWEARINGEN OPERATIONS

Taipei, Oct. 6 (CNA) Vice Minister of Economic Affairs Shih Yen-hsiang is scheduled to lead a group of experts to the United States Saturday to inspect the operations of Sino Swearingen Aircraft Corp. (SSAC) , a joint venture in which Taiwan holds an over 90-percent stake.
Shih and the experts are expected to visit Sino Swearingen's headquarters in San Antonio, Texas to gain a better understanding of the company's operations after the schedule for the mass production of SJ30-2 twin-engine light business jets was delayed.
Sino Swearingen received a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) type certificate (TC) for the new SJ30-2 business jet in August this year authorizing it to conduct in-house flight training for customers seeking SJ30 type ratings.
Although the SSAC completed its first test flight of the high performance twinjet SJ30 aircraft in 2000 and received the TC from the FAA recently, the company is having trouble delivering the first order, scheduled for this month, for various reasons, including wrongly-installed wings, according to Shih.
Economics Minister Chen Ruey-long said earlier this month that the Ministry of Economic Affairs (MOEA) will not sit idly by over this matter since the SSAC is a joint venture planned and authorized by the ministry. He also said that MOEA officials will report to the Legislative Yuan as requested before the end of this year on the development of the joint venture.
(By Deborah Kuo) ENDITEM/Li


Updated : 2021-05-15 10:10 GMT+08:00