Honda has reached several milestones recently in its goal of a first flight for the HondaJet conforming flight test aircraft later this year. Power-on has been accomplished with the aircraft. Fuselage and wing assemblies for the first static test aircraft have been assembled and will undergo static structural testing. The company is now focusing on integration of avionics and other electrical systems. The entire aircraft can be tested simultaneously to prove static and fatigue strength under various flight and ground-load conditions. Honda’s test facility includes an environmental chamber to simulate hot/wet conditions—required testing for composite structures. Construction is continuing on the company’s 250,000 sq ft production facility at GSO (Intl, Greensboro NC), scheduled to come online in early 2011.
Swiss company RUAG has earned EASA certification for the Do 228NG, closely following the first flight of the relaunched twin-turboprop in Oberpfaffenhofen in July and 2 1/2 years after project go-ahead. Test pilots Franz Huber and Gerd Selleske reported “excellent flight characteristics and enhanced flight performance” after an initial flight of more than 2 and a half hours out of Oberpfaffenhofen. Originally a Dornier product, the Do 228-212 employs a Universal Avionics EFI890 integrated flightdeck display, Honeywell TPE331-10 powerplants, a 5-blade composite propeller made by MT-Propeller and numerous aircraft systems enhancements. Designed as a multipurpose turboprop, the 228NG can accommodate up to 19 passengers for transport use but is also designed for special-mission operations such as maritime surveillance, border and fishery control, environment and water protection. Delivery to an unnamed Japanese airline launch customer is slated for later this year.
Embraer has received certification from FAA, EASA and Brazil’s ANAC to install Garmin’s SVT synthetic vision technology in the Phenom 100. SVT works with TCAS and traffic information service (TIS) technologies to depict targets in 3D perspective, allowing real-time assessment on how close and how high they are. SVT uses standard TCAS symbology that grows larger as it gets nearer, and is a key feature of the Prodigy flightdeck. Embraer also expects approval for the Garmin SVT on the Phenom 300, which will be the first light jet to offer this technology.
NetJets will equip more than 250 of its midsize and large-cabin aircraft with Aircell high-speed Internet service. The fractional provider plans to have all future fleet aircraft delivered from the factory with high-speed Internet. NetJets owners will be able to access the Internet with any Wi-Fi-equipped laptop, notebook computer or other electronic device at speeds comparable to that of wireless mobile broadband on the ground. With a total in excess of 800 aircraft, NetJets operates the largest private aviation fleet in the world.
Rolls-Royce has earned type certification from EASA and ANAC for the 9440-lb-thrust AE3007A2. The engine, which powers the Embraer Legacy 650, earned FAA certification in April. Compared with its predecessor, the AE3007A2 provides 6–12% higher takeoff and climb, thrust and reduced specific fuel consumption, contributing to the Legacy’s 3900-nm range. The AE3007A2 is assembled and produced at the Rolls-Royce facility in Indianapolis IN. The first production engine was delivered in April.
UGN hosts NBAA Chicago area regional forum
Static display at UGN featured 23 aircraft.
On Aug 18 NBAA held the final bizav regional forum of 2010 at UGN (Waukegan IL). The event, which attracted business aviation companies of all sizes from across the entire US, as well as local firms, highlighted the value of local networking and provided local policymakers with information in the use of business aircraft as tools.
Attendees wait in line to board Embraer’s Lineage 1000, exhibited at a regional forum for the 1st time.
More than 830 aviation professionals attended the forum, which was hosted by DB Aviation. In all, 76 exhibitors and 23 aircraft on static display.
In his welcoming remarks Waukegan City Mayor Robert Sabonjian noted that business aviation activity at community airports like UGN serves an important role in supporting the local economy.
Some of the 76 exhibitors in 2 of DB Aviation’s hangars.
NBAA’s series of 1-day regional forums are designed as peer networking and learning opportunities.
Embraer CAE Training Services (ECTS) has earned approval from FAA, ANAC and EASA for the first Phenom 300 full flight simulator (FFS). The FFS is based at CAE’s SimuFlite training center at DFW and is already being used for initial pilot qualification on the Phenom 300.
This is the third ECTS FFS to provide pilot training for Phenom pilots and the first dedicated to the Phenom 300. The other 2 simulators support Phenom 100 operators and were certified in 2009. One is at the DFW facility and the other is at CAE’s Burgess Hill center in England.