Spectrum Aeronautical has brought forward the schedule for certification of its S-40 Freedom mid-size business jet, but pushed back plans for the S-33 Independence light jet. US type certification of the S-40 is now planned for the end of 2009, with the S-33 to follow a year later.
Company president Austin Blue says the switch in focus from the original S-33 is due to the "greater market differentiation between the S-40 and its competitors in the mid-size class. It was the logical place for us to focus." The USD 6.2 million S-40 competes with aircraft such as the Cessna Citation XLS and Hawker 800 series, he says.