Honda Aircraft’s first production HondaJet made its first flight last week, from the company’s headquarters in Greensboro, N.C. Taking off at 10:18 a.m. on June 27, the HondaJet, with test pilot Warren Gould at the controls, flew for 84 minutes and reached 15,500 feet and 348 ktas. During the flight, checks included low- and high-speed handling characteristics, Garmin G3000 avionics functionality and operation of the landing gear, flaps and speed brakes.
Cessna Aircraft is commemorating the 20th anniversary of its Greensboro Citation Service Center. The 137,300-sq-ft facility, located at Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, N.C., is reported to be one of the busiest in the network of company-owned service centers. This year alone it handled approximately 2,500 service orders. Greensboro is one of 15 company-owned service centers offering maintenance, inspections, parts, repairs, avionics upgrades, equipment installations, refurbishments and other specialized services for Cessna’s Citation series.
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.
Cessna Aircraft is commemorating the 20th anniversary of its Greensboro Citation Service Center at Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, N.C. It is one of the busiest in the network of 15 company-owned service centers and this year handled approximately 2,500 service orders for aircraft based in or traveling through the mid-Atlantic U.S. The facility doubled its original ramp area in 2008 and in recent years stationed mobile service units within the Greensboro service area.
Honda Aircraft celebrated the 10-year anniversary of the HondaJet prototype’s first flight on Tuesday. “The proof-of-concept HondaJet first flight was a pinnacle moment,” Honda Aircraft president and CEO Michimasa Fujino told AIN. “Our team had spent years researching and testing the advanced theories and concepts incorporated into the aircraft’s innovative design,” which includes its over-the-wing engine mounting.
Honda Aircraft is putting the final touches on its new Greensboro, N.C. customer service facility, slated for an opening ceremony next month. A spokeswoman for Honda told AIN, “Once in service, the facility will complement the HondaJet dealer network,” which includes three dealers in Europe and seven in North America. FAA Part 145 certification is expected by year-end.
A Pilatus PC-12 crashed on January 16 five miles northeast of Burlington-Almance Regional Airport (BUY) in North Carolina. The turboprop single crashed at about 6 a.m. local time and claimed the life of the pilot, the only person on board. Burlington Airport is 20 miles east of Greensboro. No details have been released yet about the possible cause.
Honda Aircraft has broken ground for a 90,000-sq-ft maintenance facility at its world headquarters on Piedmont Triad International Airport. The Greensboro, N.C. facility is scheduled to enter service by the second half of next year.
Site preparation for the $20 million MRO facility began last February on a 54-acre extension to the company’s world headquarters, which houses the manufacturer’s R&D and production buildings. Overall, the $120 million investment encompasses more than half a million square feet on more than 130 acres.