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.
Piper Aircraft announced here yesterday that it has selected the touchscreen-controlled Garmin G3000 as the avionics suite for its in-development single-engine PiperJet.Piper emphasized that the G3000’s focus on being intuitive is key to melding with the PiperJet’s goal of avoiding needless complexity and enhancing user-friendliness.
Garmin (Booth No. 2853) yesterday introduced an integrated avionics system for light turbine-powered airplanes called G3000 that sets itself apart by using menu-driven touchscreens for accessing nearly all of the functions that pilots normally control with a myriad of buttons and dials.
Garmin this afternoon introduced an integrated avionics system for light turbine-powered airplanes. Dubbed G3000, the new system sets itself apart by using menu-driven touchscreens for accessing nearly all of the functions that pilots normally control with myriad buttons and dials.
J.A. Air Center, a Chicago-area FBO, will give away a Garmin GPSMAP 696 here at the NBAA Convention. Attendees can register at the company’s booth (No. 2613) during the show to win the portable navigator, valued at $3,295. J.A. Air Center, based at Aurora Municipal Airport, says the multi-function 696 represents the complete range of services the FBO offers customers.
Any safety expert who wants to improve accident statistics could learn a lot by observing the Mitsubishi MU-2 situation. Since the issuance of the final rule outlining special training regulations for MU-2 pilots, there has been only one accident, and that was nonfatal. This contrasts markedly with the MU-2’s accident history before the enactment of the special FAR (SFAR).
SimCom Training Centers is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, as well as the addition of new training programs and upgraded simulators. One new program–
the light jet familiarization course–is aimed at pilots who are thinking about transitioning to a light jet, which ties in perfectly with the new Light Business Airplane content at this year’s convention.
Daher-Socata’s target of formally launching a new eight- to 10-seat or equivalent weight twin-engine business airplane sometime next year is still planned, but it depends on the company continuing to seek investment partners to fund the NTx New Twin program, unveiled at last year’s NBAA Convention.
Emivest Aerospace, now a majority shareholder in the former Sino Swearingen Aircraft, is expected to deliver its first SJ30 business jet (S/N 008) within the next two weeks. The airplane interior will be completed by the end of this week by Jet Works of Denton, Texas.