Honda Aircraft has extended by another year its target for obtaining certification for the HondaJet, to the end of next year, according to a company spokesman. “We are targeting HondaJet certification by the end of 2014, based on the engine testing and certification schedule,” he said. The jet’s GE Honda Aero HF120 engine is now scheduled to receive certification in fourth quarter 2013. No further details were available at press time, but Honda Aircraft plans to provide more information at an EBACE press conference on May 20.
Quest Aircraft named Samuel Hill as its new CEO, the Sandpoint, Idaho-based turboprop manufacturer announced today. Hill has more than 40 years of aviation experience, most recently with Honda Aircraft, from which he retired earlier this year. Before joining Honda, he spent 10 years with Embraer Aircraft in key leadership positions, including president and vice chairman, and was responsible for starting Embraer’s corporate aircraft division. Dave Vander Griend, who had been serving as Quest’s interim CEO since mid-2011, will continue in his role as chairman of the board.
Honda Starts Production of HondaJet
Honda Aircraft has started the production line for its $4.5 million HondaJet entry-level twinjet, the company announced yesterday at the NBAA Convention. A handful of initial customer aircraft are scheduled to be completed next year, along with aircraft certification.
“An assembly line for HondaJet production is in place; major aircraft components, including the fuselage and wing, have been produced; and we have started assembly of the first customer aircraft,” said Honda Aircraft president Michimasa Fujino.
Honda Aircraft has started the production line for its $4.5 million HondaJet entry-level twinjet. A handful of initial customer aircraft are scheduled to be completed next year. Honda expects FAA certification of the HondaJet’s GE Honda HF120 engine (2,095 pounds of thrust/5,000-hour TBO) in the middle of next year and aircraft certification in 2013.
GE Honda Aero completed water-ingestion testing on the HF120 engine that powers Honda Aircraft’s HondaJet in early September. The tests were done in one of GE’s Peebles, Ohio test cells and are just one of many the HF 120 has passed during a busy year as the engine nears FAA certification.
GE Honda Aero Engines completed water-ingestion testing last week on the HF120 engine that powers Honda Aircraft’s HondaJet. The tests were done in one of GE’s Peebles, Ohio test cells.
“2012 has been an extremely productive year,” said GE Honda Aero president Terry Sharp. The HF120 passed the ice slab test in August 2011 after failing it in February 2011, due to fan blade tip deformation causing a reduction in required thrust, according to executive v-p Masahiko Izumi. “We decided to make a small design change” to the fan blade tips, he said.
Honda Aircraft has broken ground for a 90,000-sq-ft maintenance facility at its world headquarters on Piedmont Triad International Airport. The Greensboro, N.C. facility is scheduled to enter service by the second half of next year.
Site preparation for the $20 million MRO facility began last February on a 54-acre extension to the company’s world headquarters, which houses the manufacturer’s R&D and production buildings. Overall, the $120 million investment encompasses more than half a million square feet on more than 130 acres.
The HondaJet fuselage displayed this week at EBACE was a production article with the production interior and cockpit. Some changes are evident in the fuselage, notably the removal of flip-down displays above each passenger seat.
GE Aviation (Stand 1143) is here promoting its 800-hp H80 turboprop engine, which was certificated by the U.S. Federal Aviation Adminstration in March and already has several applications. Meanwhile, the HF120 turbofan program–for the HondaJet–has progressed slowly.