A spokesman for Honda R&D Americas has revealed that the company expects to begin flight tests “soon” of its new light jet–the HondaJet–at its facilities at Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, N.C. The light twinjet, he said, will be powered by a turbofan designed and built by Honda, but beyond that he declined to comment.
Aviation International News » August 2003
The FAA has released a road map for performance-based navigation that will enable pilots to use Rnav and RNP procedures in all phases of flight in the National Airspace System by 2020, leaving only a minimal network of ground-based navaids in place. In the near term (2003 to 2006), the first set of public Rnav and RNP guidelines will be implemented as the FAA continues to work on more widespread operations.
The recently released FAA half-year report shows runway incursions dropped from 166 in the first six months of last year to 158 in the same period this year. The numbers suggest that the total number of incursions this year might be lower than last year. The number of reported incursions last year was 336, out of 64,850,851 airport operations.
Raytheon Aircraft’s financials for the second quarter showed a healthy increase with net sales of $627 million, up from $562 million for that period last year. Also on the positive side of the ledger, the Wichita-based company delivered 49 aircraft, 14 more than were delivered in the second quarter a year ago.
Until about a year ago, infrared enhanced vision systems (EVS) were exclusively the bailiwick of operators of large aircraft, in which they were installed as upgrades to the standard head-up display. Primarily, the aircraft were the Gulfstream IV/IV-SP/G300/G400, GV/ G500/G550 and Bombardier Global Express, and their EVS add-ons– built by Kollsman of Merrimack, N.Y.
General aviation organizations have been working with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) this summer to develop security recommendations for GA airports of all sizes, and a report is expected to be issued near the end of this month.
Ongoing software integration problems are forcing at least two airframe manufacturers into the unenviable position of having to stretch aircraft certification schedules to give Honeywell engineers time to troubleshoot a variety of technical issues that are manifesting themselves in the Primus Epic avionics system.
The Learjet 40 received its FAA type certificate on July 11 as an amendment to the certification of the Learjet 45 from which it is derived. The Learjet 40 is a truncated (by 24.5 inches) version of the Learjet 45, sharing most of the same systems. Delivery of the first customer aircraft is expected early next year.
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