Under the cover of private funding, Honda has been secretly and very seriously developing its six- to eight-seat light turbofan twin. Though the automaker steadfastly maintains it has “no business plan” to manufacture the business jet, the project aircraft has a name, HondaJet, and the development program is well advanced.
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The Transportation Security Administration’s previously announced plans to require all operators of aircraft with an mtow of more than 12,500 pounds to adhere to the TSA’s large aircraft security program is back at the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for review.
Retired Rear Adm. Paul Busick has been named FAA associate administrator for civil aviation security, replacing retired Army Gen. Michael Canavan, who resigned following September 11.
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.
Three of the eight U.S. Marine Corps officers charged with wrongdoing in the MV-22 Osprey tiltrotor scandal have been found liable to some of the administrative charges. The other five officers and men were cleared of charges that they participated in a scheme to falsify maintenance records. (It should be stressed that being found in violation of a charge is not, under the code of military justice, the equivalent of criminal conviction.)
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.
While many believe that the FAA will not have a new Administrator until after the next President takes office, the ranking Republican on the House Transportation Committee has been blasting Democrats for blocking the confirmation of acting FAA Administrator Bobby Sturgell to assume the post for a full five-year term.
FAA Acting Administrator Bobby Sturgell on Tuesday said he is pleased with the aviation community’s response to the agency’s August “call to action” to make runways safer. “Our call to action included a top-to-bottom review of 20 airports. It uncovered a valuable amount of data–data that’s led to more than 100 fixes,” he noted.
Marshall Larsen, 53, has been named president and COO of Goodrich. Larsen has been leading the company’s aerospace units since 1995 and he is expected to become chairman and CEO of the Charlotte, N.C., firm when David Burner retires in 2004. Burner credited Larsen for his leadership in Goodrich’s transition from a chemical and rubber company to a leading aerospace supplier.
Shortly after a Senate confirmation hearing last month for acting FAA Administrator Robert Sturgell to take the job permanently, New Jersey’s two Democratic senators announced they were putting a “hold” on the Bush nomination.
A “hold” is an informal practice by which a senator informs the floor leader that he or she does not want a particular bill or other measure to reach the floor for consideration by the full body.