Honda Aircraft Company’s HondaJet recieves FAA TIA certificate

Honda Aircraft Company announced that Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued the 1st Type Inspection Authorisation (TIA) certificate for HondaJet,and has certified Honda Aircraft Company’s customer service facility as a Part 145 repair station on 20th December, 2013.

TIA is key in development and certification of a new aircraft. Honda Aircraft customer service facility is located in Greensboro, N.C., FAA Part 145 certification enables this facility to perform component-level repairs and this expands in 2014 to include heavy aircraft maintenance and major repair services to complement the HondaJet dealer network.

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“Achieving FAA Type Inspection Authorisation is a tremendous milestone for the HondaJet and a significant step toward type certification,” said Michimasa Fujino, president and CEO of Honda Aircraft Company. “We have successfully demonstrated through ground and flight testing that the HondaJet will meet certification requirements. We are now ready to begin the final stage of certification flight testing with FAA pilot participation.”

“We have been working closely with the FAA to finalise our certification schedule for the HondaJet,” said Fujino, “Based on the recent FAA type certification of the HF120 turbofan engine and this TIA milestone achievement, we can expect aircraft type certification in the first quarter of 2015 with deliveries following immediately after.”

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