Honda Aircraft president and CEO Dr. Michimasa Fujino will be honored with the SAE International Clarence L. (Kelly) Johnson Aerospace Vehicle Design and Development Award next month at the SAE 2015 AeroTech Congress & Exposition in Seattle.
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Mitsubishi Aircraft took delivery early last month of its first Pratt & Whitney PurePower PW1200G geared turbofan at the Mitsubishi Regional Jet’s (MRJ) final-assembly factory in Aichi Prefecture, Japan. Delivery of the engine from Pratt & Whitney’s Mirabel Aerospace Center in Quebec marks a major milestone toward final assembly of the first MRJ90 flight-test aircraft, which Mitsubishi expects to fly during next year’s second quarter.
Aircraft window shade company Vision Systems North America opened its new facility in Melbourne, Fla., last week and is ramping up production there for its launch customer, Honda Aircraft. Vision Systems will produce Nuance electronically dimmable windows for the HA-420 HondaJet. With the push of a button, Nuance dims instantly from clear to dark, reducing light, glare and heat entering the aircraft. In the near future, the company’s Melbourne facility will also manufacture motorized shades for Gulfstream’s and Dassault’s new aircraft programs, Vision Systems said.
Aircraft window shade company Vision Systems North America opened its new facility in Melbourne, Fla., last week and is ramping up production there for its launch customer, Honda Aircraft. Vision Systems will produce Nuance electronically dimmable windows for the HA-420 HondaJet. With the push of a button, Nuance dims instantly from clear to dark, reducing light, glare and heat entering the aircraft. In the near future, the company’s Melbourne facility will also manufacture motorized shades for other business jets, Vision Systems said.
Progress on the HondaJet continues toward certification, which Honda Aircraft expects to receive in next year’s first quarter, the company said today at EBACE. The first production HondaJet–S/N 11–is now in final assembly in the company’s manufacturing facility in Greensboro, N.C.
With the award of FAA certification for the GE Honda Aero Engines HF120 on Friday, “We are finalizing the HondaJet type certification schedule with the FAA based on the engine type certification achievement and will be sharing an update [later] this week,” Honda Aircraft president and CEO Michimasa Fujino told AIN.
Honda Aircraft president and CEO Michimassa Fujino said yesterday at NBAA 2013 that the HondaJet would be certified by the end of 2014, as long as the HF120 engine was certified by the end of this year. Terry Sharp, president of GE Honda Aero Engines, said this timeline is doable–“We have completed all the certification testing on the engine and last week we submitted the final two reports to the FAA. Our confidence is high that we will have the type certificate by the end of this year.”
Michimasa Fujino, president and CEO of Honda Aircraft, said here at EBACE yesterday that, “The [HondaJet] program is steadily progressing toward certification and first delivery.” He now expects FAA type certification of the light jet in the fourth quarter of 2014, with EASA certification to follow within six months.
Honda Aircraft has extended by another year its target for obtaining certification for the HondaJet, to the end of next year, according to a company spokesman. “We are targeting HondaJet certification by the end of 2014, based on the engine testing and certification schedule,” he said. The jet’s GE Honda Aero HF120 engine is now scheduled to receive certification in fourth quarter 2013. No further details were available at press time, but Honda Aircraft plans to provide more information at an EBACE press conference on May 20.
Honda Aircraft has started the production line for its $4.5 million HondaJet entry-level twinjet, the company announced yesterday at the NBAA Convention. A handful of initial customer aircraft are scheduled to be completed next year, along with aircraft certification.
“An assembly line for HondaJet production is in place; major aircraft components, including the fuselage and wing, have been produced; and we have started assembly of the first customer aircraft,” said Honda Aircraft president Michimasa Fujino.