HondaJet aircraft enters 'pivotal' final phase of certified flight testing in US
January 03, 2014 00:00 By The Nation
Honda Aircraft Company (HAC) has announced two significant milestones in the development of the world's most advanced light jet.
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued the first Type Inspection Authorisation (TIA) certificate for the HondaJet and has also certified HAC’s customer service facility as a Part 145 repair station.
Honda says the TIA is a pivotal point in the development and certification of a new aircraft. Nose-to-tail FAA review during this final testing phase will pave the way for HondaJet certification and first customer deliveries to customers.
“Achieving FAA Type Inspection Authorisation is a tremendous milestone for the HondaJet and a significant step towards type certification,” said HAC president and CEO Michimasa Fujino. “We have successfully demonstrated through ground and flight testing that the HondaJet will meet certification requirements. We are now ready to begin the final stage of certification flight testing with FAA pilot participation.
“We have been working closely with the FAA to finalise our certification schedule for the HondaJet,” said Fujino, “Based on the recent FAA type certification of the HF120 turbofan engine and this TIA milestone achievement, we can expect aircraft type certification in the first quarter of 2015 with deliveries following immediately after.”
The Honda Aircraft customer service facility is located in Greensboro, North Carolina. The FAA Part 145 certification will initially enable this facility to perform component-level repairs and will then expand in 2014 to include heavy aircraft maintenance and major repair services to complement the HondaJet dealer network.
The HondaJet is a high-performance light jet that incorporates advanced technologies and innovations in its design. Its optimum Over-The-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM) configuration, natural laminar flow wing and fuselage nose, and composite fuselage were developed after long-term research.
According to the company, these key innovations combine to make the HondaJet the fastest, most spacious and most fuel-efficient jet in its class.