A spokesman for Honda R&D Americas has revealed that the company expects to begin flight tests “soon” of its new light jet–the HondaJet–at its facilities at Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, N.C. The light twinjet, he said, will be powered by a turbofan designed and built by Honda, but beyond that he declined to comment.
As it did for the Embraer Phenom 100 earlier this year, the FAA is proposing special conditions for certification of Honda Aircraft’s HA-420 HondaJet that would require a fire-extinguishing system even though FAR Part 23 does not require them. With engines mounted outside the pilots’ field of view, “early visual detection of engine fires is precluded,” according to the FAA.
GE Honda Aero Engines has built and tested eight HF120 engine cores and eight turbofan engine configurations to prepare for formal certification testing later this year, the company said yesterday at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis. “We’re optimizing the engine configuration before certification testing,” noted GE Honda president Bill Dwyer.
Seeing the North Carolina state flag hoisted in an exhibit at a major international air show isn’t all that surprising considering that the area is home to more than 160 aerospace companies and has attracted hundreds of million of dollars worth of major contracts in the last two years.
When the FAA wrote FAR Part 23, it apparently never envisioned that jets would be certified under those rules. Part 23 doesn’t require engine fire-extinguishing systems, and with engines mounted outside the pilots’ field of view “early visual detection of engine fires is precluded,” according to the FAA.
Spectrum Aeronautical (Booth No. 1947) has quantified the CO2 that will be generated by its Freedom S-40 and Independence S-33 business jets and compared those to competing jets to see how the Spectrum jets stack up emissions-wise. On a 600-nm flight, the midsize S-40 generates slightly less than 1,500 kilograms of CO2, according to Spectrum, while comparable jets should generate more than 2,000 kilograms to nearly 4,000 kilograms.
At its first official presence here at EBACE yesterday, Honda Aircraft (Booth No. 7547) announced three European HondaJet dealers that will provide sales and service to customers in the region. It also revealed Formula 1 driver Jenson Button as the European launch customer for the compact twinjet.
Honda Aircraft made a big splash in its first official presence at EBACE today, announcing the appointment of three European HondaJet dealers to provide sales and service support to customers in the region, as well as revealing Formula 1 driver Jenson Button as the European launch customer for the compact twinjet.
Honda Aircraft’s announcement that it will offer the $3.65 million HondaJet for sale in the European market beginning this month “is a big milestone,” according to Michimasa Fujino, president of the start-up aircraft manufacturer. “We have a lot of customer inquiries from the European market,” he said.
On June 10 Honda flew its latest jet engine design for the first time. In the 1,900-lb-thrust range, the engine flew on a modified Cessna CitationJet from Honda’s purpose-built research facility at Atlantic Aero in Greensboro, N.C. Concurrently, Honda is busily at work on a CJ-size airframe in Greensboro, with first flight expected in January.