Korry Electronics, a wholly owned subsidiary of Esterline Corp., is at Booth No. 2976 showing the cockpit control panels it has been selected to supply for the HondaJet. Korry will provide 12 control panels per aircraft to Honda Aircraft Co. to complement the HondaJet’s all-glass flight deck. Each panel features 5⁄8-inch
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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.
As it did for the Embraer Phenom 100 earlier this year, the FAA is proposing special conditions for certification of Honda Aircraft’s HA-420 HondaJet that would require a fire-extinguishing system even though FAR Part 23 does not require them. With engines mounted outside the pilots’ field of view, “early visual detection of engine fires is precluded,” according to the FAA.
When the FAA wrote FAR Part 23, it apparently never envisioned that jets would be certified under those rules. Part 23 doesn’t require engine fire-extinguishing systems, and with engines mounted outside the pilots’ field of view “early visual detection of engine fires is precluded,” according to the FAA.
At its first official presence here at EBACE yesterday, Honda Aircraft (Booth No. 7547) announced three European HondaJet dealers that will provide sales and service to customers in the region. It also revealed Formula 1 driver Jenson Button as the European launch customer for the compact twinjet.
Honda Aircraft made a big splash in its first official presence at EBACE today, announcing the appointment of three European HondaJet dealers to provide sales and service support to customers in the region, as well as revealing Formula 1 driver Jenson Button as the European launch customer for the compact twinjet.
Honda Aircraft’s announcement that it will offer the $3.65 million HondaJet for sale in the European market beginning this month “is a big milestone,” according to Michimasa Fujino, president of the start-up aircraft manufacturer. “We have a lot of customer inquiries from the European market,” he said.
HondaJet Midwest distributor Des Moines Flying Service plans to open a 5,000-sq-ft showroom and maintenance center at the Aurora (Ill.) Airport in July 2010 for the Honda-built very light jet. The Aurora facility, one of five HondaJet dealerships in North America, will serve 12 Midwestern states.
Local officials and Honda Aero executives yesterday broke ground for the new engine maker’s Burlington, N.C. headquarters. The Honda Aero headquarters and manufacturing facility will cost about $27 million and includes a 58,400-sq-ft production plant and 8,000-sq-ft test cell on 82 acres off the approach end of Burlington-Alamance Regional Airport’s Runway 24. Construction should be finished late next year or early in 2009.
Honda Aircraft signed an agreement with FlightSafety International at NBAA’07 for factory-authorized pilot and mechanic training for the HondaJet. Training initially will be offered at Honda Aircraft’s Greensboro, N.C. headquarters but might later be expanded to FlightSafety learning centers, according to Honda Aircraft CEO Michimasa Fujino.