Honda has announced that the FAA has just granted the HondaJet project Type Inspection Authorization. The milestone means that the Hondaet has met design requirements and is ready for FAA pilots to conduct on-board tests necessary for certification.
"Achieving FAA Type Inspection Authorization is a tremendous milestone for the HondaJet program and a significant step toward type certification," said president and CEO of Honda Aircraft Company Michimasa Fujino. "We have successfully demonstrated through ground and flight testing that the HondaJet will meet certification requirements. We are now ready to begin the final stage of certification flight testing with FAA pilot participation."
Certified for a 43,000 maximum altitude, the HondaJet employs GE Turbofan engines and a special aerodynamic design that Honda says will reduce noise and increase efficiency. Honda’s so-called “sports car in the sky” has been plagued by delays, with the Japanese company announcing last in November 2012 that it would finally begin production at its Greenboro, North Carolina facility.
"We have been working closely with the FAA to finalize our certification schedule for the HondaJet," said Fujino. "Based on the recent FAA type certification of the HF120 turbofan engine and this TIA milestone achievement, we can expect aircraft type certification in the first quarter of 2015 with deliveries following immediately after."
The FAA also awarded Part 145 repair-station certification to the Honda Aircraft customer service facility, which is just one more piece of red tape that the HondaJet program can put behind it. If all goes as planned from here on out, we can’t wait to see a Honda private jet soaring above in early 2015.