The HondaJet program has once again been delayed. Honda Aircraft began notifying buyers last month that delivery of the first HA-420 HondaJet is now planned for the third quarter of 2012. “Regrettably we’ve experienced delays in some components,” a HondaJet spokesman told AIN. He declined to identify the suppliers involved in the latest setback for the program.
The Boeing 787 Dreamliner factory in Everett, Wash., continues to bustle as the company allows partners extra time to complete work on fuselage sections for the 23rd and 24th airplanes. During the last week of April, Boeing adjusted its schedule by 24 manufacturing days and asked suppliers to refrain from sending incomplete components to Everett for the two Dreamliners.
Online parts marketplace Rhobi (reinventing how online business integrates) “is the biggest technological advance for parts ordering and inventory since the fax machine,” asserts Steve Edwards, COO of Fort Smith, Ark.-based Rhobi. Edwards had a parts supply company and was unhappy with his options for software that would let his reps see up-to-date inventory, order parts and communicate with the company.
Eurocopter yesterday unveiled the EC145 Mercedes-Benz Style, a version of the light twin helicopter that features aesthetic and practical innovations, both inside the cabin and on the exterior. The cabin can seat up to eight passengers in a comfortable business layout. For more casual outings, passenger seating can be reduced to four places to accommodate surfboards or mountain bikes.
Jet Aviation (Booth No. 7090) announced this week that its Basel completions center will be collaborating with the Porsche Design Studio to create a new VVIP aircraft cabin interior.
HighTech Finishing of Houston, Texas (Booth No. 479), has introduced several new, unique decorative plating finishes at the specific requests of clients. Its “Oil-rubbed Bronze” finish, for example, is the response to an inquiry from Airbus for a specific visual appearance. According to the U.S.
Bombardier Aerospace, the European Business Aviation Association (EBAA) and NBAA yesterday announced that the fourth annual European Safety Standdown will be held on May 2 and 3 on the eve of this year’s EBACE show at the Crowne Plaza Geneva Hotel in Geneva. Practical workshops, a staple of the North American Safety Standdown, will be introduced to the European seminar this year.
The so-called “smart cabin automated dimming system” (Scads) marks the latest stage in evolution of the electrically dimmable E-Shade smart window from InspecTech of Fort Lauderdale.
Heli-Mart (Booth No. 949) has nearly doubled its MD 500 parts inventory and its affiliate Phoenix Heliparts, a Part 145 repair station, has moved into a new 40,000-sq-ft facility in Mesa, Ariz. Phoenix Heliparts is part of the MD 500 Total Support Group, which includes Heli-Mart and California Aero Components.
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.