HondaJet Achieves Certification Milestones
Honda Aircraft Company announced that it had received Type Inspection Authorization (TIA) for the HondaJet and that its customer service facility had achieved FAA Part 145 certification as a repair station. TIA means that the FAA has evaluated technical data from the manufacturer and finds that it appears the aircraft will meet the regulations for certification. It authorizes conformity and airworthiness inspections and flight tests by FAA personnel to confirm it meets certification requirements. It is widely considered to be a major milestone in the certification process. With this step, Honda anticipates the much-delayed HondaJet will complete type certification in the first quarter of 2015, with deliveries to start upon certification.
Advertised by Honda Aircraft as the “ultimate” balance of innovation and inspiration, current projections for performance of the HondaJet include a max cruise speed of 420 knots at 30,000 feet, NBAA IFR range of 1180 NM and a maximum operating altitude of FL430.The Honda Aircraft customer service facility is located on Piedmont Triad International Airport, North Carolina. According to its website, the aircraft service and repair capabilities under the Part 145 certificate will initially include component-level repairs, but will expand during 2014 to heavy maintenance and major repair services to complement the HondaJet dealer network.