HondaJet Receives Type Inspection Authorization, Part 145 Certification for Service Facility
December 23, 2013 - Honda Aircraft Company has announced twin milestones in the development of its new HondaJet: an FAA Type Inspection Authorization (TIA) certificate for the aircraft and certification of the company's customer service facility as a Part 145 repair station.
"Achieving FAA Type Inspection Authorization is a tremendous milestone for the HondaJet program 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."
TIA signifies that the HondaJet meets type design requirements and is ready for FAA pilots to perform onboard flight tests required for certification. Nose-to-tail FAA review during this final testing phase will pave the way for HondaJet type certification, which the company expects to occur in the first quarter of 2015, followed closely by initial deliveries to customers.
The newly certified Honda Aircraft Customer Service Facility opened in October 2013 at the Piedmont Triad International Airport (KGSO) in Greensboro, North Carolina. The facility is an expansion of the company's world headquarters and also includes state-of-the art R&D headquarters and production facilities. It also serves as a corporate base for the company's customer service organization.
Facility aircraft repair and service capabilities under the FAA Part 145 certificate will initially include component-level repairs and will then expand in 2014 to include heavy aircraft maintenance and major repair services to complement the HondaJet dealer network. Other services centered there include warranty administration, service programs sales and administration, 24/7 technical support and training, and development of technical publications.
"FAA certification of the customer service facility is a significant accomplishment and a key component of our goal to provide unsurpassed customer service and support from day one," Fujino said. "I am proud that we could achieve this additional milestone in 2013.
"We are looking forward to an exciting and challenging 2014."