Honda Aircraft has received the Type Inspection Authorization (TIA) certificate for its HondaJet from the FAA
, the company said Friday Dec. 20.
TIA approval means the new aircraft is ready for FAA
pilots to begin performing onboard flight tests required for certification. During the final testing phase, nose-to-tail FAA review will clear the jet for type certification in the U.S. allowing the company to begin making the first deliveries to customers.
The agency also recently approved the HF120 turbofan, the engine that powers the HondaJet.
Michimasa Fujino, president and CEO of Honda Aircraft, called the TIA approval a "tremendous milestone" for his company.
“We have been working closely with the FAA to finalize 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.”