Geneva, Switzerland -- GE Honda Aero Engines (GHAE) is very excited to announce all elements are in place to support a successful entry into service in 2015.
Preparation for support of European aircraft delivery is on schedule, as GHAE has submitted all required documentation for EASA certification of the HF120, which is planned for the fourth quarter of 2015. GHAE has a European Authorized Service Provider (ASPs) network for the HF120 engine that currently includes TAG Aviation (Farnborough, UK) and Rheinland Air Service (Mönchengladbach, Germany), and is actively engaged with Marshall Aviation Services in Cambridge, UK to expand the network’s reach.
"We are delighted to work with Marshall Aviation Services and welcome them to join our exceptional network of service providers", said Steve Shaknaitis, president of GE Honda Aero Engines.
GE Honda’s ASPs perform line maintenance, engine removal and support rental engine use for HF120 shop visits. GE Honda’s Engine Maintenance Care program will be promoted, sold, and facilitated by the ASP network. Customers will use the ASP network for warranty and Engine Maintenance Care services.
The ASP network is supported by a 24/7 GE Honda Bizjet Operations Center, and a growing team of dedicated Field Technical Managers (FTMs) and Customer Team Managers (CTMs).
Other customer support operations that are ready to support EIS:
GE Honda Aero Engines offers long-term Engine Maintenance Care programs that extend beyond the basic engine warranty, with coverage of both scheduled and unscheduled maintenance events. The two levels of service coverage offered under this program are EMC2, a hands-off solution for customers requiring comprehensive service, and EMCb, which is predominantly a parts-only program. Both programs are offered through the GE Honda ASP network.
In order to support EIS, GHAE’s dedicated production facility, Honda Aero, Inc.’s Burlington, NC site is ramping up to produce approximately 100 engines in 2015 to meet customer demands. The facility received its FAA Production Certificate in March of 2015.
To date, the HF120 program has accumulated close to 23,000 cycles and more than 13,000 hours demonstrating maturity prior to entering service in early 2015.
Rated at 2,095 pounds of thrust, the HF120 engine succeeds Honda's original HF118 prototype engine, which has accumulated more than 4,000 hours of testing on the ground and in-flight. GE and Honda redesigned the engine for higher thrust and new standards of performance in fuel efficiency, durability, and low noise and emissions.
HF120 technologies include:
Marshall Aviation Services (http://www.marshallas.com) is responsible for Marshall ADG’s business and commercial aviation activities, including the management of Cambridge International Airport. Across its Cambridge, Oxford and Broughton locations it draws on over eight decades of aviation experience, providing a comprehensive offering of business aviation services. From aircraft sale and acquisition, management, charter, charter, training, maintenance, CAMO, hangarage, AOG, refinishing, refurbishment, modification and upgrade MAS capabilities are enhanced by key OEM partnerships. Its engineering capability extends to complex modifications, including interior and exterior refurbishment and avionic and cabin upgrades. Early in 2015 it secured a long term lease on an executive handling facility, FBO at Birmingham International Airport.
GE and Honda formed a 50/50 joint venture in 2004, called GE Honda Aero Engines, based in Cincinnati, Ohio. The joint company integrates the resources of GE Aviation and Honda Aero, Inc., a Honda subsidiary established to manage its aviation engine business. The GE Honda HF120 engine program was launched in 2006 and was selected to power Honda Aircraft Company’s advanced light jet, the HondaJet. In 2014, Sierra Industries of Uvalde, Texas, selected the HF120 to develop a new Citation Jet engine retrofit program called the Sapphire aircraft.
For additional information about GE Honda, please visit our website at http://www.gehonda.com
For questions on GE Honda Aero Engines’ business, please contact Mel Solomon at +1-513-552-7857.
To learn more about GE Honda Aero Engines and the HF120 engine, visit us at Booth E073 during the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE), held May 19-21 in Geneva, Switzerland.