May 1, 2009
Honda Aircraft Company, Inc. says that because of delays in receiving critical components its HondaJet project will experience delays. The target for first flight is now set at January 2010. First customer deliveries are expected in the fourth quarter of 2011.
“We have been working very closely with our suppliers over the past year in an effort to minimize the effect of the ongoing worldwide economic instability on HondaJet development,” said Michimasa Fujino, Honda Aircraft president and CEO. “Unfortunately, we now have no choice but to revise our schedule.” Honda Aircraft’s world headquarters in Greensboro, NC, serves as a research and development center where ongoing construction of conforming aircraft is taking place. The 83-acre Greensboro facility will also become the world delivery center for all HondaJet aircraft. This summer, construction will begin on a production plant on the Greensboro campus.
The Perlan Project is less than a year away from the first flight of a glider being built to ride waves near the edge of space. While construction continues in Oregon, the team’s pilots are staying proficient in more ordinary aircraft.
A new report from the Department of Transportation’s Office of Inspector General says delays, cost overruns, and technical problems continue to plague the FAA's implementation of ADS-B.
Aerion, the Reno, Nevada, company formed in 2002 to reintroduce supersonic flight to commercial aviation, has found a collaborator for its work.
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