GE Honda Aero Engines is preparing to run a second core test on the HF120 engine later this month and a full engine test in July, following the successful trials last month of the engine's redesigned core. The HF120 was formally launched last year when it was selected to power both Honda Aircraft's HondaJet advanced light jet and the Spectrum Aeronautical "Freedom" business jets.

These tests form part of several key trials scheduled this year to validate new design enhancements to the engine. GE Honda Aero Engines is also preparing to finalise design and release hardware for the first HF120 production engines that will undergo certification testing in 2008. HF120 certification is targeted for 2009, with entry into service on both aircraft scheduled to begin in 2010. GE Honda says that annual production capacity for the HF120 is expected to reach 200 engines within the next 10 years.

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The HondaJet advanced light jet will be powered by the HF120, which should receive certification in 2009

Meanwhile, Honda Aircraft's new assembly site for the HondaJet is under way at Piedmont Triad International in Greensboro, North Carolina with completion scheduled by the end of the year. The facility will be Honda's 17th major manufacturing plant in North America, including two currently under construction in Indiana and Ontario, Canada, and follows the formal setting up of Honda Aircraft in August 2006.

Source: Flight International