Avionics News January 2016 - 67
HONDA AIRCRAFT said the
HondaJet received type certification from
The FAA presented the type certificate
to MICHIMASA FUJINO, Honda
Aircraft president and CEO, in front
of more than 2,000 people, including
FAA Administrator MICHAEL HUERTA,
government representatives, community
leaders, HondaJet dealers, suppliers and
Honda Aircraft associates.
"Achieving FAA type certification
for the HondaJet is a monumental
milestone for Honda," Fujino said. "We
established Honda Aircraft as a new
aerospace company and introduced our
first product - an advanced light jet with
technologies developed from serious
research activities. We designed, tested,
and have now certified this clean-sheet
design aircraft - an unprecedented
challenge for Honda."
The company said it validated the
HondaJet's performance, safety, function
and reliability through rigorous ground
and flight tests with the FAA. Total flight
hours exceeded 3,000, with testing
conducted at more than 70 locations
across the U.S.
With HondaJet FAA type certification
achieved, Honda Aircraft is now ramping
up production in Greensboro with 25
aircraft on the final assembly line. The
Honda Aircraft workforce is nearing
1,700 people, as the company prepares
for deliveries, pilot training and aftersales customer service and support.
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GARMIN introduced the GAD 27, a small, lightweight and solid state
integrated controller that provides a solution to many of the typical airframe interfacing needs. With the GAD 27, pilots are provided a consolidated system that would otherwise require multiple adapter modules,
which streamlines configuration of their experimental amateur-built and
light sport aircraft.
According to the company, enhanced capabilities include a programmable flap controller, multiple lighting bus outputs, pilot/co-pilot trim mixing,
taxi and landing light control
options including automatic
flashing, a voltage stabilizer and additional discrete
inputs. These features are
enabled by the GAD 27 adapter
and give pilots additional configuration options among various systems
and functions via the G3X Touch system,
streamlining the installation process.
"As we listen to the industry, we continue
to introduce more products and expand upon
the existing feature set to add more capability and
functionality to G3X Touch installations," said CARL
WOLF, vice president of aviation marketing and
sales. "With the GAD 27, Team X has brought smarter technologies that
effectively combines five individual modules into one small adapter so
installation is easier, configuration is simple and our loyal customers save
time and receive more options with G3X Touch."
In other news...
Garmin announced Terminal Safety Solutions, a unique set of technologies that provide a better state of situational awareness to pilots
throughout the airport terminal environment, including SurfaceWatch,
TerminalTraffic and SafeTaxi. These safety-enhancing tools provide pilots
with a clear understanding of their location within the terminal environment
relative to traffic on the ground and in the air, while also proactively providing notifications of potential runway incursions or surface incidents.
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