Honda Aircraft this week began notifying HA-420 HondaJet buyers that the program has again been delayed. Delivery of the first HondaJet is now planned for the third quarter of 2012, a spokesman told AIN today at EBACE. “Regrettably we’ve experienced delays in some components,” he said, although he declined to identify the suppliers involved. HondaJet customers are taking the news of the latest delay well, the spokesman said.
The first production conforming HondaJet is now scheduled to fly in the middle of this year, at a date yet to be determined, according to a Honda Aircraft spokesman. The prototype HondaJet has been flying since Dec. 3, 2003, and has met projected performance targets during more than 500 hours of testing by flying at a top speed of 420 knots and altitude of 43,000 feet.
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.
London-based Design Q has taken its work creating private jet cabins to a new level. Ground level, that is. The latest is a stretched Range Rover that the company says “will allow VIPs to travel in exactly the same comfort on the ground as in the air.”
The FAA has issued a final rule that prohibits Part 91K, 135 and 121 operators from taking off with “polished frost”–meaning frost buffed to make it smooth–on an aircraft’s wings, stabilizers and control surfaces. The new rule takes effect at the end of this month. Previous FAA guidance recommended removing all wing frost before takeoff, but allowed it to be polished smooth if the aircraft manufacturer’s recommended procedures were followed.
The FAA yesterday issued a final rule that prohibits Part 91K, 135 and 121 operators from taking off with “polished frost”–meaning frost buffed to make it smooth–on an aircraft’s wings, stabilizers and control surfaces. The new rule will take effect on Jan. 30, 2010. The FAA already prohibits major and regional air carriers from operating with polished frost.
Emteq recently unveiled what it is calling “Easy HD” for its SkyPro cabin management system (CMS). It provides high-definition components that work independently of an aircraft’s existing CMS and “requires little or no modification of the CMS.”
At the October NBAA Convention CRS Jet Spares of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., gave away a new Harley-Davidson Sportster motorcycle. According to Armando Leighton, Jr., the company’s CEO and founder, this was the seventh year in which the parts supplier thanked its customers with such a drawing.
Spectrum Aeronautical has delayed first flight of its S.40 Freedom lightweight midsize twinjet to late next year. Certification and entry-into-service should follow a year later.
The $6.795 million S.40 will be powered by GE Honda’s HF120 turbofan, which is slated for certification in early 2011.
Handling company Colt International (Booth No. 2211) announced here the grand opening of its new operations facility in São Paulo, Brazil. “With the opening of this facility, we’re making significant investments in Colt’s South American-based infrastructure,” said president Malcolm Hawkins. A local Portuguese- and Spanish-