Honda Aircraft announced that the FAA issued Type Inspection Authorization (TIA) for the HondaJet, a key milestone in the light jet’s certification program. Now that the jet’s GE Honda Aero HF120 engine is certified and the TIA issued, Honda Aircraft has finalized the certification timetable for the HondaJet.
According to Honda Aircraft president and CEO Michimasa Fujino, “We can expect aircraft type certification in the first quarter of 2015 with deliveries following immediately after.” TIA is the final step before FAA pilots can fly the HondaJet as part of the certification process and indicates that the jet meets type design requirements.
“We have successfully demonstrated, through ground and flight testing, that the HondaJet will meet certification requirements,” Fujino said. “We are now ready to begin the final stage of certification flight-testing with FAA pilot participation.” Honda Aircraft also announced that its customer service facility at Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, N.C., received FAA Part 145 approval.
“The HondaJet program’s momentum is quickly building as we continue to reach and achieve milestones in our dream to bring the world’s most advanced light jet to market,” said Fujino.