If anyone doubts Honda Motor Company’s commitment to the general aviation industry, a visit to Honda Aircraft’s new 623,000-sq-ft factory at Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, N.C., underscores the significant investment the company has made.
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The first production-conforming HondaJet achieved the design’s planned maximum speed during flight testing, Honda Aircraft said last month. The light twinjet reached 425 ktas at 30,000 feet and a maximum Mach of 0.72 above 30,000 feet during a March 11 flight from the company’s Greensboro, N.C. headquarters.
Republican congressman John Mica (Fla.) continued his quixotic war with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) last week when he slammed the agency for failing to show at a hearing last Thursday on universal pilot’s licenses. “I can assure you, we’ll have the TSA testify at some point in the future, maybe in a joint hearing with Homeland Security,” Mica said.
A Brazilian judge last week heard testimony, via video link, from the two American pilots of the Legacy 600 that was involved in a midair with a Gol Airlines Boeing 737-800 over the Amazon jungle in September 2006. The airliner crashed into the Amazon, killing all 154 aboard, while the Legacy pilots managed to land their damaged twinjet.
Honda Aircraft announced this week that its first production-conforming HondaJet achieved the model’s planned maximum speed during flight testing. The light twinjet reached 425 ktas at 30,000 feet and a maximum Mach of 0.72 above 30,000 feet during a March 11 flight from the company’s Greensboro, N.C. headquarters.
Structural assembly work done by Canada-based Avcorp will be transitioned back to Cessna facilities and other suppliers, according to a Cessna spokesman. Avcorp manufactures Citation CJ3 vertical stabilizer, rudder and center wing box assemblies, Sovereign empennage and wing spars and CJ4 components. Avcorp also builds the horizontal stabilizer and fuel tanks for Bombardier’s Challenger 605 and was tapped to build HondaJet wings.
When the U.S. Senate passed its reauthorization bill for the Federal Aviation Administration in late March, the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) and a host of other general aviation groups breathed a little easier.
Erroll Southers, the White House choice to head the leaderless Transportation Security Administration (TSA), withdrew his name from consideration on January 20, saying his nomination had been “obstructed by ideology.”
Thus far, the bizliner completions sector has remained comparatively solid despite the effects of the recession on the rest of the industry. That relative immunity was most recently underscored by the partnership of London-based Andrew Winch Designs and Jet Aviation of Basel, Switzerland, which delivered a highly customized Boeing Business Jet for a private client.