Flight Global reported on May 7 that Honda Aircraft (Greensboro, N.C., USA) says certification of the composites-intensive HA420 HondaJet is delayed by about a year to late 2014 as development of the light jet's new engine continues to fall behind schedule.
The five-passenger HA420 was supposed to be delivered to customers by late 2013, or several months after the Honda/General Electric HF120 completed its own certification process this month.
According to the report, Honda Aircraft now says the 2,000-lb thrust (1,400kW) HF120 will not achieve certification until the end of this year. Honda Aircraft declined to offer specifics.
The report says the HF120's turbofan failed a critical ice slab test in a certification trial in February 2011, which delayed the project by one year already. Honda Aircraft has built four flying prototypes, of which three are involved in early flight tests.
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