Honda Aircraft has announced a delay in first flight of the conforming prototype HondaJet and projected first customer delivery. The next prototype was originally scheduled to have flown by now, and the new date is January next year. First customer delivery is now planned for the fourth quarter 2011, at least a year later than planned.
Aviation International News » June 2009
The FAA has issued a number of special conditions needed for Spectrum Aeronautical’s all-composite S.40 Freedom twinjet to achieve type certification. The issuance of special conditions is nothing unusual in any certification program. The regulations do not cover every design eventuality, and some special conditions are needed.
New owners have taken over the insolvent Kestrel program and plan to bring the single-engine all-composite turboprop through to certification. The new Farnborough Aircraft brought the original prototype to the Eur-Avia International Exhibition in Cannes and to the EBACE show static display. The six-seat Kestrel prototype first flew in 2006, and the design offers 350-knot cruise and 1,500-nm range.
The Falcon 2000LX received EASA and FAA certification at the end of April, and deliveries began in May. The wingletted Falcon 2000LX offers 4,000 nm range and a 10- to 15-percent climb improvement over the 2000EX. The Aviation Partners winglets will also be available for retrofit, which requires “adding reinforcing straps on the upper and lower wing panels and servo actuator door to accommodate increased loads,” according to Dassault.
Sometime in the next year or so, Daher-Socata is expected to announce the formal launch of a new eight- to 10-seat twin-engine turboprop or jet. Although the company mentioned the NTx at last year’s NBAA Convention, Daher-Socata has not chosen the powerplant or revealed any more details. The final choice on the NTx engine will depend
Epic Aircraft’s Escape all-composite turboprop single flew for the first time on April 9. Epic initially marketed the airplane as an experimental kitbuilt but plans eventually to seek FAA certification. The Escape is powered by a 940-shp Honeywell TPE331-10A. Cruise speed is 350 knots and range 1,510 nm.
Embraer’s Phenom 300 midsize jet is proceeding toward FAA and Brazilian approval on schedule by year-end. To date, all aerodynamics tests are complete on the larger Phenom derivative, including natural ice-shape flight trials. At the Sun ’n’ Fun Fly-In held in April in Lakeland, Fla., the company said the light jet was undergoing natural ice testing, as well as lightning and high-intensity radiated field (Hirf) testing.
Duncan Aviation recently delivered its first Learjet 45 with Waas LPV certification by installing dual UNS-1Ew FMS units. The STC covers the Learjet 40 and 45 series. Duncan plans to offer the same Universal approval with LPV certification for the Astra SPX/Gulfstream G100 and is working with Honeywell on its upcoming dual NZ-2000 FMS with Waas LPV certification for the Falcon 900.
West Star Aviation recently installed dual Waas-capable Universal UNS-1Ew flight management systems in a Learjet 60. The upgrade also included an L-3 Avionics GH-3100 solid-state standby altitude/airspeed and vertical speed indicator, dual Rockwell Collins RTU-4220 radio tuning units, Universal MFD-890 display with ASU (application file server) and a WSI weather datalink system.
International Communications Group has introduced an Iridium-based data transceiver designed for sending and receiving Acars (aircraft reporting and receiving system) messages and for Link 2000/Fans communications. When connected to an aircraft’s communications management unit, the DL-100 transceiver uses the short-burst data functionality of the Iridium satellite network to send Acars and other messages.