Steve Trimble – Flight Global
One year after awarding Honda Aircraft an airworthiness certification, the US Federal Aviation Administration has cleared the Hondajet to fly into known icing (FIKI) conditions and use reduced vertical separation minima (RVSM).
The approval, dated 23 November, removes the only two operating restrictions imposed by the FAA on Hondajets delivered to customers.
The second revision to the Hondajet’s type certificate data sheet lifts means the five-seat business jet is allowed to fly in cloudy or rainy airspace, as well as take advantage of airspace controlled using RVSM procedures.
The FAA approval covers all Hondajets after the first 10 serial numbers, which were assigned to flight test duties.
Honda Aircraft designed the Hondajet to with an electromechanical decing expulsion system on the horizontal stabilisers and a bleed-air anti-icing system on the leading edges of the aircraft’s laminar flow wings.