Honda Aircraft Company has achieved two significant milestones in the development of the world’s most advanced light jet, the HondaJet. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued the first Type Inspection Authorisation (TIA) certificate for the HondaJet. FAA has also recently certified Honda Aircraft Company’s customer service facility as a Part 145 repair station.
TIA is considered as a pivotal point in the development and certification of a new aircraft. During this final testing phase, a nose-to-tail FAA review is expected to result to HondaJet type certification and first customer deliveries to customers.
“Achieving FAA Type Inspection Authorisation is a tremendous milestone for the HondaJet and a significant step toward type certification,” remarked Michimasa Fujino, president and CEO of Honda Aircraft Company.
He said that they have successfully demonstrated through ground and flight testing that the HondaJet will meet certification requirements.
He added they are preparing to commence the final stage of certification flight testing with FAA pilot participation. “We have been working closely with the FAA to finalize our certification schedule for the HondaJet,” said Fujino. He said that based on the recent FAA type certification of the HF120 turbofan engine as well as the TIA achievement, they could receive aircraft type certification in the first quarter of 2015, “with deliveries following immediately after.”
The FAA Part 145 certification will initially allow the Honda Aircraft customer service facility in Greensboro, N.C. to perform component-level repairs. It will expand next year to include heavy aircraft maintenance and major repair services to support HondaJet’s dealer network. [source: Honda]