It has been a long road for Raytheon Aircraft, but on November 21 the Hawker 4000 (née Horizon) super-midsize received full FAA certification, following the award of provisional certification almost two years earlier, and more than 10 years since the program was announced at the 1996 NBAA Convention.
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For this year’s look in the crystal ball, AIN added a number of aircraft to the list to reflect ongoing programs more accurately. While many of these aircraft are derivative and not original certifications, they are still new and deserve to be counted.
Zurich-based charter company Comlux took possession last month of an Airbus A318 Elite, making it the first to operate the type. The aircraft will be outfitted with a VIP cabin that seats up to 18 passengers by Lufthansa Technik in Hamburg, which is due to deliver the completed aircraft this quarter. The Elite is a 4,000-nm-range jet intended to compete with the Gulfstream G550 and Global Express.
Cessna received the FAA production certificate for its new Citation Mustang very light jet on November 22, two-and-a-half months after type certification on September 8. By issuing the production certificate, the FAA cleared Cessna for volume production and to conduct flight tests and sign airworthiness certificates using its own designees and with less FAA involvement.
An Airbus Corporate Jetliner is about to get the chance to prove the value of its certification for flights into known icing conditions as it begins shuttle flights into Antarctica. The aircraft will be operated under a five-year lease from CIT Aerospace by Sydney, Australia-based Skytraders and will carry scientific personnel and supplies on behalf of the Australian Government Antarctic Division.
Certification of the Grob SPn Utility Jet will be delayed by a few months, according to a statement released last week, 16 days after the fatal crash of the company’s No. 2 prototype that killed chief test pilot Gerard Guillaumaud. “We hope to be able to continue with flight test shortly,” said Grob CEO Niall Olver.
Honda engineers built a non-motion simulator–the Honda Nonlinear Aerodynamics Flight Simulator–for test-pilot training and to evaluate the flight characteristics of the jet’s configuration. Tests conducted on the simulator include deep stall, spin, one-engine-out and deployment of the dynamic spin chute.
During a briefing held on November 20, Honda Aircraft president Michimasa Fujino showed off the extensive research and testing that the Honda team has accomplished thus far on the HondaJet and parceled out a few more details about the program.
The Wm Wrigley Jr. Company of Chicago has a rare bird, one of only two Gulfstream G550s equipped with a second crew-rest area, divided from the remaining aft end of the cabin by a sound-damping lead curtain. The second crew-rest area was built and installed at Gulfstream’s Long Beach, Calif. completion center. The other aircraft with a second crew-rest area is operated by NetJets.
Eclipse Aviation is facing further issues in its effort to begin deliveries of its very light jet and sent a 12-page letter to customers November 14 outlining wing-attach fitting and cockpit window cracking problems. Following receipt of FAA type certification on September 30, Eclipse has yet to deliver its first airplane but expects to do so within days, president and CEO Vern Raburn told AIN.