May 18, 2011
By Alton K. Marsh
The HondaJet has now gone as high and as fast as it was intended to go, making good on promises to customers by reaching a maximum 425-knot true airspeed and maximum operating altitude of 43,000 feet. Tests were conducted from the company plant in Greensboro, N.C. Deliveries will begin in late 2012.
The altitude goal was achieved in late April. The aircraft has shown it can climb at 3,990 fpm, another important performance goal originally set during development. The speed goal was attained earlier in 2011.
A sixth test aircraft will be added to the current FAA conforming fleet in the spring of 2012 in order to speed certification, Honda Aircraft Company President and CEO Michimasa Fujino said in a press release.
The company also is equipping its manufacturing facility and hiring personnel. The entire manufacturing process, including painting, will be under one roof.
AOPA Pilot Senior Editor Alton Marsh has been a pilot since 1970 and has an airline transport pilot certificate and instrument and multiengine flight instructor certificates, aerobatic training, and a commercial seaplane certificate.
A state-of-the art medical facility on remote Tangier Island in the Chesapeake Bay serves as a lasting memorial to the late Dr. David B. Nichols’ dedication to providing medical care to the community for 30 years. Now, Nichols’ aviation legacy—flying a Cessna 182 or Robinson R44 to the island every Thursday to provide that care—is set in stone.
Daher-Socata announced that it had installed the first Garmin G600 and GTN 750 avionics in one of its 2004 TBM 700C2 airplanes.
Even brief flight under actual conditions can expose how well your basic instrument flying is serving.
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