Swearingen Aircraft Inc SX-200 / SX300
Airightinc SX-200 / SX300
The SX300 was originally designed by Ed Swearingen in San Antonio, TX, as a two place, all metal, single engine low wing monoplane with fully enclosed retractable landing gear. The aircraft was marketed as a kit from 1984 to 1989.
By the end of 1989 approximately 80 kits had been sold, although there were only 48 sets of landing gear, which were built by the landing gear vendor, Airight Inc. in Wichita, KS.
The basic concept was to set new standards for Homebuilt or Amateur Built Aircraft as a dependable, fast mode of transportation; using all metal construction and proven techniques to provide an airframe that was equal to advanced jet aircraft. Fundamentally this was accomplished, however, the complexity and the labor intensive kit proved to be too challenging for the Homebuilt Market. The kit was high quality but the aircraft was never kit-proofed by the factory, so there were numerous glitches from the beginning. If the aircraft had been offered as a "fast build kit" it may well have survived.
In 1994, Jim Ryan, the owner of Airight, acquired the SX300 tooling, aircraft kit components and production/manufacturing rights (except military application). Jim planned to continue supporting the existing builders and to supply kits, fast build kits and possibly a fixed gear version which he called the SX200. Unfortunately Jim died in early 1996 before he could implement his new program.
The inventory of SX300 parts were bought by Bill Johns and reside with Doug Poli at his facility in Ft. Worth, TX.
Engine: Lycoming IO-540-L1C-5, 300 hp
Propeller: Hartzell Constant Speed 3-blade, 74 in. diameter
Overall Length: 21 ft. 1.5 in.
Overall Height: 7 ft. 6.5 in.
Wing Span: 24 ft. 4.5 in.
Wing Area: 70.73 sq. ft.
Aspect Ratio: 8.4
Structural Cabin Width Inside: 41 in.
Load Factor: 6G + 3G -
Cruise Speed @ 75% Power, 8000 ft: 240 Kts.
Stall Speed @ Gross Wt. (2400lbs.) flaps down: 75 Kts.
Rate of Climb @ Gross Wt. Sea Level: 2400 ft./min
Range (66 gal): 900 miles.
Empty Weight: 1600 lbs.
Baggage Capacity: 70 lbs.
Power Loading: 8 lbs./hp
Vne: 280 KIAS