The first production conforming HondaJet is now scheduled to fly in the middle of this year, at a date yet to be determined, according to a Honda Aircraft spokesman. The prototype HondaJet has been flying since Dec. 3, 2003, and has met projected performance targets during more than 500 hours of testing by flying at a top speed of 420 knots and altitude of 43,000 feet.
The first conforming HondaJet is now scheduled to fly in the middle of this year, according to a Honda Aircraft spokesman, “with the exact date to be determined.” Honda Aircraft previously had pegged the first conforming HondaJet flight for early this year.
GE Honda Aero Engines is putting the HF120 turbofan through its paces during the engine’s year-long certification tests, Bill Dwyer, president of GE Honda Aero Engines, told AIN during a recent visit to the company’s Cincinnati facility. Type certification is expected in the first quarter of next year.
Emteq recently unveiled what it is calling “Easy HD” for its SkyPro cabin management system (CMS). It provides high-definition components that work independently of an aircraft’s existing CMS and “requires little or no modification of the CMS.”
At the October NBAA Convention CRS Jet Spares of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., gave away a new Harley-Davidson Sportster motorcycle. According to Armando Leighton, Jr., the company’s CEO and founder, this was the seventh year in which the parts supplier thanked its customers with such a drawing.
Spectrum Aeronautical has delayed first flight of its S.40 Freedom lightweight midsize twinjet to late next year. Certification and entry-into-service should follow a year later.
The $6.795 million S.40 will be powered by GE Honda’s HF120 turbofan, which is slated for certification in early 2011.
The $3.9 million HondaJet appears to be on track for certification and first deliveries in late 2011, with the first conforming airframe expected to fly early next year, Honda Aircraft said yesterday at the NBAA Convention. The company also announced that the HondaJet flight deck has been upgraded from a Honda-edition Garmin G1000 to a Honda-defined version of the new touchscreen Garmin G3000.
When Honda Aircraft (Booth No. 5394) announced a one-year delay to its business jet program last spring, some feared the worst as the U.S. economy struggled. It turned out the Japanese aircraft maker had fallen victim to many of the same supplier problems other OEMs were experiencing, a problem that translated into some new suppliers being brought on board.
The GE Honda joint venture last Thursday fired up the first conforming version of its new 2,095-lb-thrust HF120 engine currently slated for certification in 2011. Initial engine tests are typically completed in a sea-level test cell, with high-altitude performance testing conducted onboard an aircraft.
The first GE Honda HF120 engine has successfully started its initial test run at GE Aviation’s altitude test chamber in Evendale, Ohio, the company announced yesterday at the NBAA Convention. “This is a significant milestone and represents the transition from the design-definition phase to the test and certification phase of the HF120,” said GE Honda Aero Engines president Bill Dwyer.