Emivest Aerospace Corporation (EAC) is pleased to announce that Debra Draheim has successfully been issued the first single pilot type rating for the SJ30 since Emirates Investment Development Company (EIDC) acquired the company last year. Debra is the pilot for the privately held company that will take delivery this summer of SJ30 serial number 008, which will be the first customer delivered SJ30 since the acquisition by EIDC. It is currently being prepared for flight which is scheduled to occur as early as next week. Also notable is the fact that she becomes the first woman and mother to become single pilot type rated in the SJ30.
Debra is currently a captain on the CRJ-200/700/900 with a regional airline.   I really enjoy flying the SJ30.  It is a swift and agile jet.  I was surprised to see how easy it was to fly and am impressed with its speed, fuel efficiency, and capability. The entire team at Emivest provided their time and resources to help me learn everything I could to prepare for my single pilot check ride, and the training was excellent!  It compared to an airline structure, except I could go down to the factory floor to examine the airplane in different stages of development, for hands on training!  I look forward to flying serial number 008 when the company takes delivery this summer Debbie said.
We are very proud that Debbie has successfully completed her factory training and that she has made some history with the SJ30 program. She is a unique lady in that she holds a Bachelor of Science in Math from the US Naval Academy, a Bachelor of Science in Aeronautical Science from Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, and flew in the Navy. Now, she becomes the first woman and mother to be single pilot rated comments COO Joe Gullion. He adds we look forward to the delivery of their aircraft so they can begin enjoying the speed, range, and comfort that the SJ30 offers. This also marks the beginning of a new era for Emivest as we move into production
Paul Arrambide, Chief Flight Instructor adds Debbie has been a great student and exemplifies the quintessential SJ30 pilot with a good blend of the love of flying, thesafety always. It was a pleasure to be here for her as she made history with Emivest and I look forward to talking to her after she has a chance to build some time in their aircraft.