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First Production HondaJet Makes Public Debut at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014

Monday, July 28th, 2014

OSHKOSH, Wis.  — July 28, 2014 — The first production HondaJet made its public debut today at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Following a celebratory event commemorating the occasion, the HondaJet concluded the day with an entertaining flight demonstration during the afternoon airshow that included high- and low-speed passes.

“EAA AirVenture Oshkosh has been the setting of several HondaJet firsts and in many ways, this event was the true beginning of Honda’s aviation venture,” said Honda Aircraft Company President and CEO Michimasa Fujino. “We decided to debut the first production HondaJet here as part of Honda’s commitment to inspire others through the power and realization of our dreams.”

“We again welcome the impressive innovation and technology from the Honda Aircraft team, as it is a perfect fit for the world of flying ingenuity we see every year at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh,” said Jack J. Pelton, EAA’s chairman of the board. “It has been fascinating to watch the development of the HondaJet from its original concept to the production aircraft shown here at Oshkosh. It is a tribute to the entire Honda team that made it possible.”

Hondajet Southwest - Cutter AviationThe first production HondaJet will be on static display in the Honda Aircraft Company exhibit through Friday, August 1. EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is the world’s premier aviation event that attracts more than 500,000 people each year. The show runs through Sunday, August 3, and is held at Wittman Regional Airport.

The HondaJet is the world’s most advanced light jet, and its distinctive design incorporates advanced technologies and concepts. The HondaJet Over-The-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM) configuration, natural-laminar flow wing and fuselage nose, and composite fuselage were developed from long-term research activities. These innovations combine to make the HondaJet the fastest, most spacious and most fuel-efficient jet in its class.

For more information about the world’s most advanced light jet, visit http://www.hondajet.com/.

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About HondaJet

The HondaJet is the world’s most advanced light business jet aircraft, with best-in-class advantages in performance, comfort, quality and efficiency. The HondaJet is the fastest, highest-flying, quietest, and most fuel-efficient jet in its class. The HondaJet incorporates many technological innovations in aviation design, including the unique Over-The-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM) configuration that dramatically improves performance and fuel efficiency by reducing aerodynamic drag. The OTWEM design also reduces cabin sound, minimizes ground-detected noise, and allows for the roomiest cabin in its class, the largest baggage capacity, and a fully serviceable private aft lavatory. The HondaJet is powered by two highly fuel-efficient GE Honda HF120 turbofan jet engines, and is equipped with the most sophisticated glass flight deck available in any light business jet, a Honda-customized Garmin® G3000 next-generation, all-glass avionics system composed of three 14-inch landscape-format displays and dual touch-screen controllers. The HondaJet is Honda’s first commercial aircraft and lives up to the company’s reputation for superior performance, efficiency, quality and value.

Honda Aircraft Company

Honda Aircraft Company, LLC, is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. Founded in 2006, Honda Aircraft has its heritage in more than 20 years of groundbreaking aeronautical research and development. At Honda Aircraft’s world headquarters in North Carolina, the birthplace of aviation, the company’s associates work in more than 600,000 square feet of state-of-the-art R&D, production, administration and customer service facilities to develop, produce, market and support the HondaJet with HondaJet dealers. The challenging spirit upon which Mr. Soichiro Honda founded Honda Motor Co., Ltd. is alive today as Honda Aircraft fulfills one of Honda’s longstanding dreams to advance human mobility skyward.

About Cutter Aviation

Founded in 1928 by William P. Cutter, Cutter Aviation is a full-service aviation company, offering aircraft fuel/line services, maintenance and avionics solutions, aircraft charter and aircraft sales and management. Cutter Aviation operates from eight major airports in six states within the Southwestern United States including: Arizona (Phoenix-Deer Valley and Phoenix-Sky Harbor), New Mexico (Albuquerque), Colorado (Colorado Springs), California (Carlsbad) and Texas (Dallas-Addison, El Paso and San Antonio). The company is a member of the Pinnacle Air Network, National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), and the National Air Transportation Association (NATA). Cutter Aviation is the oldest continuously family-owned and operated FBO (Fixed Base Operator) in the United States with over 85 years of serving the General & Business Aviation industry. For more information about Cutter Aviation, please visit www.cutteraviation.com

First Production HondaJet Takes to the Skies

Friday, June 27th, 2014

Flight Marks Milestone Toward Entry into Service in 2015

GREENSBORO, N.C. — June 27, 2014 — Honda Aircraft Company announced today that the first production HondaJet achieved its initial flight, marking another milestone toward aircraft certification and entry into service in 2015. The event took place at the company’s world headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina.

“With this first flight, the HondaJet program has entered the next exciting phase as we prepare for delivery,” said Honda Aircraft Company President and CEO Michimasa Fujino. “Today’s celebration is the culmination of extensive engineering and production efforts, and this is an important achievement in bringing the world’s most advanced light jet to market.”

The first production aircraft lifted off from the Piedmont Triad International Airport (KGSO) at 10:18 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time. During the 84-minute flight, the aircraft climbed to 15,500 feet and reached a top speed of 348 Knots True Airspeed (KTAS). Following a smooth landing, the aircraft and its crew were greeted by more than 1,000 Honda Aircraft team members to commemorate the milestone.

HondaJet - First flight celebration - Cutter Aviation

The aircraft was flown by test pilot Warren Gould, pilot-in-command. The crew completed several checks during the flight including low and high speed handling characteristics, avionics and system functionality including landing gear, flaps and speed brake operations.

This aircraft is finished in the new signature HondaJet paint scheme in a deep green pearl with a gold stripe. The new color introduction is in addition to four exterior color options available to customers, which also include silver, red, yellow and blue.

Aircraft production continues its steady pace in advance of entry into service. This steady build-up supports the company’s objective to have aircraft ready for delivery immediately after Federal Aviation Administration type certification is achieved. The HondaJet will be single-pilot certified and is currently offered for sale in North America and Europe through the HondaJet dealer network.

The HondaJet is the world’s most advanced light jet, and its distinctive design incorporates advanced technologies and concepts. The HondaJet patented Over-The-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM) configuration, natural laminar flow wing, and composite fuselage were developed from long-term research activities. These innovations combine to make the HondaJet the fastest, most spacious and most fuel-efficient jet in its class.

The HondaJet flies at a maximum cruise speed of 420 knots (483 mph) and has a maximum altitude of 43,000 feet. The aircraft seats up to five passengers in a standard configuration and can travel at an NBAA IFR range of 1,180 nautical miles (1,357 miles).

For more information on the world’s most advanced light jet, visit www.HondaJet.com.

About HondaJet

The HondaJet is the world’s most advanced light business jet aircraft, with best-in-class advantages in performance, comfort, quality and efficiency. The HondaJet is the fastest, highest-flying, quietest, and most fuel-efficient jet in its class. The HondaJet incorporates many technological innovations in aviation design, including the unique Over-The-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM) configuration that dramatically improves performance and fuel efficiency by reducing aerodynamic drag. The OTWEM design also reduces cabin sound, minimizes ground-detected noise, and allows for the roomiest cabin in its class, the largest baggage capacity, and a fully serviceable private aft lavatory. The HondaJet is powered by two highly fuel-efficient GE Honda HF120 turbofan jet engines, and is equipped with the most sophisticated glass flight deck available in any light business jet, a Honda-customized Garmin® G3000 next-generation, all-glass avionics system composed of three 14-inch landscape-format displays and dual touch-screen controllers. The HondaJet is Honda’s first commercial aircraft and lives up to the company’s reputation for superior performance, efficiency, quality and value.

About Honda Aircraft Company

Honda Aircraft Company, LLC, is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. Founded in 2006, Honda Aircraft has its heritage in more than 20 years of groundbreaking aeronautical research and development. At Honda Aircraft’s world headquarters in North Carolina, the birthplace of aviation, the company’s associates work in more than 600,000 square feet of state-of-the-art R&D, production, administration and customer service facilities to develop, produce, market and support the HondaJet with HondaJet dealers. The challenging spirit upon which Mr. Soichiro Honda founded Honda Motor Co., Ltd. is alive today as Honda Aircraft fulfills one of Honda’s longstanding dreams to advance human mobility skyward.

About Cutter Aviation

Founded in 1928 by William P. Cutter, Cutter Aviation is a full-service aviation company, offering aircraft fuel/line services, maintenance and avionics solutions, aircraft charter and aircraft sales and management. Cutter Aviation operates from eight major airports in six states within the Southwestern United States including: Arizona (Phoenix-Deer Valley and Phoenix-Sky Harbor), New Mexico (Albuquerque), Colorado (Colorado Springs), California (Carlsbad) and Texas (Dallas-Addison, El Paso and San Antonio). The company is a member of the Pinnacle Air Network, National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), and the National Air Transportation Association (NATA). Cutter Aviation is the oldest continuously family-owned and operated FBO (Fixed Base Operator) in the United States with over 85 years of serving the General & Business Aviation industry. For more information about Cutter Aviation, please visit www.cutteraviation.com

Piper France Plan Large Presence At 8th Cannes General Aviation Air Show

Monday, June 9th, 2014

VERO BEACH, Fla. – June 9, 2014 - Piper Aircraft Inc. and Piper France SARL, the company’s authorized aircraft dealer in France, will exhibit a number of aircraft at the 8th edition of the Cannes International General Aviation Exhibition, to be held June 12-14 at Cannes-Mandelieu Airport (LFMD).

Included in the aircraft exhibition at Cannes will be Piper’s newest aircraft, the diesel powered single-engine Archer DX training aircraft. Piper will also have a twin-engine Seneca V trainer on display, along with two of the company’s top of the line single-engine aircraft, the Piper Meridian turboprop and single-engine pressurized Piper Mirage.

“With the focus this year at Cannes on aeronautical training and student attendance, Piper and Piper France plan to display the diesel-fueled Archer DX, which is currently a very popular attraction while on tour throughout Europe,” said Piper Regional Sales Director- EMEA Enrico Evers. “We are looking forward to meeting with aviators from throughout the area at the premier general aviation exhibition in France.”

About the Piper Archer DX

Piper Archer DX - Cutter Aviation - Piper Aircraft SalesPowered by the Centurion 2.0S diesel engine, the Archer can cruise at a speed of 114 ktas / 211 km/h (at 70% power) with only 5.8 gph / 22 lph fuel burn. The Centurion can use both Jet-A and diesel fuel and with the two fuels in any mixture ratio. The G1000 avionics system as standard instrumentation provides a mix of low workload and high technology. The special flight school interior, and the aircraft overall, is well suited to stand up to the rigors associated with flight training. The Archer DX offers competitive operating economics with a proven airframe for flight training organizations worldwide.

About the Piper Seneca V

The Piper Seneca is powered by two Continental Turbocharged TSIO-360-RB engines generating 220 hp each. The configuration of multiple entry and baggage doors with the comfort of a cabin-class interior makes the Piper Seneca V the perfect business tool or training aircraft equipped with the three-screen Garmin G1000 avionics suite.

About the Piper Mirage

The Piper Mirage is a step up from four-place aircraft. With a convenient airstair door entrance and large cabin volume, the Mirage projects sophistication and is the only pressurized piston-engine aircraft in production today. The Piper Mirage is powered by a 350 HP dual turbocharged engine and has a 213 ktas cruising speed, as well as the ability to cruise up to 25,000 feet in pressurized comfort. The Piper Mirage was recently named by luxury lifestyle magazine the Robb Report as the “Best of the Best Personal Aircraft for 2014.”

About the Piper Meridian

The Piper Meridian is a single-engine turboprop that seats six with club-seating. It is powered by the P&WC PT6A-42A 500 shp engine and has a 260 KTAS / 482 km/h max cruise speed with a range of 1,000 nm / 1,885 km., and equipped with the Garmin G1000 avionics suite.

About Piper France SARL

Located at Aéroport Troyes Barberey, Piper France is a partnership between Troyes Aviation and Piper Generalvertretung Deutschland AG, a Piper Dealer for more than 45 years. Piper France, led by Françoise Horiot, has taken delivery of its first Piper airplane, a new single-engine Piper Mirage, which is debuting at the Cannes Air Show.

About Piper Aircraft, Inc.

Piper Aircraft Inc., headquartered in Vero Beach, Fla., offers aviators throughout the world efficient and reliable single-engine and twin-engine aircraft. The single-engine M-Class series – the Meridian, Mirage and Matrix – offers businesses and individuals elegant performance and value. The Twin Class Seneca V and Seminole balance proven performance, efficiency and simplicity in twin-engine aircraft. The Trainer Class Archer TX, Arrow, Seminole and Seneca V aircraft form the most complete technically advanced line of pilot training aircraft in the world. All Piper airplanes feature advanced Garmin avionics in the cockpit. Piper is a member of the General Aviation Manufacturers Association.

About Cutter Aviation

Founded in 1928 by William P. Cutter, Cutter Aviation is a full-service aviation company, offering aircraft fuel/line services, maintenance and avionics solutions, aircraft charter and aircraft sales and management. Cutter Aviation operates from eight major airports in six states within the Southwestern United States including: Arizona (Phoenix-Deer Valley and Phoenix-Sky Harbor), New Mexico (Albuquerque), Colorado (Colorado Springs), California (Carlsbad) and Texas (Dallas-Addison, El Paso and San Antonio). The company is a member of the Pinnacle Air Network, National Business Aviation Association (NBAA), and the National Air Transportation Association (NATA). Cutter Aviation is the oldest continuously family-owned and operated FBO (Fixed Base Operator) in the United States with over 85 years of serving the General & Business Aviation industry. For more information about Cutter Aviation, please visit www.cutteraviation.com

Piper Mirage featured in Robb Report Magazine

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

BEST of the BEST 2014 | Wings & Water | Personal Aircraft: Piper Mirage

Mary Grady

A pressurized cabin, six seats, and a full-size air-stair door are unusual features for a piston-powered single-engine aircraft, but they are part of the package with the Piper Mirage (772-567-4361, www.piper​.com). While the plane is designed primarily for utility and efficiency, Piper did not overlook comfort. The cabin features roomy leather-upholstered fold-down club seats, electric outlets for personal devices, reading lights, and an easily accessible interior baggage compartment. The cockpit is equipped with Garmin’s G1000 avionics suite, synthetic vision, ice protection, and a terrain warning system. The efficient Lycoming engine provides the Mirage with a range of 1,500 miles and a top speed of 245 mph. The starting price is about $1.1 million.

- See more at: http://robbreport.com/paid-issue/best-of-the-best-2014-wings-water-personal-aircraft-piper-mirage

First Production HondaJet Revealed; EBACE 2014 Preview

Thursday, May 22nd, 2014

Dear HondaJet Customer:

May is always a busy time of year as we prepare for one of our largest events – the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) – in Geneva, Switzerland. I wanted to share some of the exciting progress taking place on our campus, along with an exclusive look at the first production HondaJet, which is in final assembly and is painted in a stunning new color.

We are making steady progress toward HondaJet type certification and delivering the first customer aircraft in Q1 2015. Our company’s total effort is focused on reaching these much anticipated milestones.

First Production HondaJet in Final Assembly

The first production HondaJet is in final assembly with the first set of production GE Honda HF120 engines recently delivered to Honda Aircraft. The engines have been installed, and Honda Aircraft will soon begin conducting ground tests on the airplane. Its first flight is anticipated this summer.

As you can see in the image below, this aircraft is painted in the signature HondaJet paint scheme and debuts a new color – a deep pearl green with a gold stripe. I am happy to share that this new hue will be offered as an option in addition to the vibrant silver, blue, red and yellow finishes also available to customers. The HondaJet fleet now represents all five color options.

Hondajet Southwest - Cutter Aviation

The first production HondaJet is in final assembly, production engines have been installed and Honda Aircraft will soon begin conducting ground tests on the airplane. The aircraft features a new paint scheme in a deep pearl green with a gold stripe.

HondaJet production continues its steady pace in advance of entry into service with nine aircraft on the final assembly line. Four aircraft have been mated to their wings and empennages, and production is on schedule to have 10 aircraft on the final assembly line in June. This steady build up supports Honda Aircraft Company’s objective to have aircraft ready for delivery immediately after type certification is achieved next year.

At the same time, our manufacturing team continues to integrate the latest technology into our production process to create an efficient workflow. The production line is maturing and the robust processes we have in place will help us build high quality aircraft that will bring our customers joy.

Hondajet Southwest - Cutter Aviation

Following the Federal Aviation Administration’s issuance of Type Inspection Authorization (TIA), the HondaJet program has begun testing with FAA pilot participation.

Testing and Certification

Following the FAA’s issuance of Type Inspection Authorization (TIA) for the HondaJet, the program has begun testing with FAA pilot participation. Several certification tests by FAA pilots were conducted under this final phase. Examples are:

  • Stall speed, stall characteristics and stall warning system: Tests were conducted under various flight conditions. During testing, the stall warning system (stick shaker attached to the yoke) and stall protection system (stick pusher that provides automatic stall recovery) were evaluated. Cockpit indications for airspeed, altitude and ambient temperature were also validated.
  • Wheels, tires and brake control system tests: Normal anti-skid brake control systems were evaluated in both wet and dry runway conditions. Emergency brake system testing also demonstrated aircraft braking capability during degraded system operations.
  • Flap actuation system and speed brake operation throughout the flight envelope: Testing demonstrated aircraft flap and speed brake operation at limit speeds and maximum load factor.
  • Hydraulic system control tests were conducted during normal, abnormal and degraded operations: The hydraulic system was demonstrated at the maximum operating altitude and after extended periods of high-altitude cold soaking.
  • In-flight fire suppression system: This testing was conducted at critical flight conditions for both speed and temperature.

FAA Full-Scale Fatigue Testing: The ground structural test program has completed more than 2,000 cycles so far in advance of entry into service. This is equivalent to more than five years of use for typical business jet operators. Testing examined the airframe’s fatigue strength under simulated in- flight operations derived from theoretical load spectra and mission profiles. The tests evaluated the effects of vertical and lateral maneuvers; vertical and lateral gust; landing; taxi; Ground-Air-Ground (GAG) and fuselage pressure cycle on the aircraft. This testing was conducted in our R&D facility in Greensboro using a sophisticated structural test system that can simultaneously operate 73 hydraulic actuators and cabin pressurization in a closed loop digital control system using force, pressure or displacement as the feedback parameters.

Major Industry Supplier Joins the Program

Honda Aircraft will also announce at EBACE that Fokker Aerostructures will supply the empennage structures for the HondaJet. Fokker was selected based on its expertise in the manufacturing of tail sections for business jets and global supply chain network.

Headquartered in Papendrecht, the Netherlands, Fokker Technologies operates facilities in the United States, Mexico, Canada, Romania, Turkey, Singapore and China. The company provides a range of integrated aerospace systems and services to top commercial and business aviation manufacturers worldwide.

Flight and Maintenance Training

Working with FlightSafety International, we are currently developing flight and maintenance training curriculums with maintenance training classes scheduled to begin later this year in Greensboro. The first flight simulator for flight training is complete and software integration is underway. Flight training with this simulator will include type rating and recurrent pilot training programs for both single and multi-crew operations. Training will be provided at Honda Aircraft Company’s world headquarters and will start before entry into service.

Hondajet Southwest - Cutter Aviation

The first flight simulator for flight training is complete and software integration is underway. Training will be provided at Honda Aircraft Company’s world headquarters and will start before entry into service.

Earlier this year, our company marked a major milestone with the 1,000th team member joining the company. Our growing workforce represents more than 43 countries and reflects the aviation industry’s top talent in engineering, manufacturing, sales and service.

Hondajet Southwest - Cutter Aviation

Our growing workforce, now at 1,000, represents more than 43 countries and reflects the aviation industry’s top talent in engineering, manufacturing, sales and service.

Honda Aircraft, along with our worldwide network of dealers and suppliers, are working together to support a seamless transition to customers. Our goal is to have everything ready before the first delivery. We are committed through our network to deliver the best ownership experience from day one.

Thank you very much for your continued support. Sincerely,

 

Michimasa Fujino,
President and CEO

Congratulations Brandon Howle on your new Piper Mirage!

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

Texas Piper would like to congratulate Brandon Howle on the delivery of his new Piper Mirage!

Brandon Howle  - Cutter Aviation

Congratulations Ron Smith on your new Piper Meridian!

Monday, December 9th, 2013

Texas Piper would like to congratulate Ron Smith on the delivery of his new Piper Meridian. Just 12 months ago Mr. Smith bought a new Piper Mirage. The Mirage was a perfect step for Ron who was coming out of a turbo-182. But after 12 months and 250 hours on the Mirage, Ron was ready for more speed and climb performance. The Piper Meridian was the next logical step and fit perfectly into Mr. Smith’s target mission and the strong resale trade-in value of the Mirage helped make the step simple. Thank you Ron for being a repeat Texas Piper Customer!

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Congratulations Robert Nipper on your new Piper Mirage!

Monday, October 28th, 2013

Texas Piper would like to congratulate Robert Nipper on the purchase of his new Piper Mirage. Robert most recently flew a G1000 182 but decided that the pressurized cabin, size and speed of the Mirage would be a better fit for his missions in Texas and the southwest. The G1000 panel and simplicity of the Mirage systems make it a great next step up for a 182 owner. Congratulations Robert!

Pictured are Simon Caldecott, President and CEO of Piper, Robert Nipper, and John DeLawyer of Texas Piper at the Piper Factory Delivery Ceremony.

Congratulations Mark Payne on your new Piper Matrix!

Thursday, October 17th, 2013

Cutter Piper Sales congratulates Mark Payne on the purchase of his new Piper Matrix. Mark previously owned a G1000 equipped C182. He moved into the Matrix to have more space, payload and performance necessary to complete the missions he needed to fly with his family. Congratulations Mark and thank you! Pictured from left to right, are Will Cutter, Mark Payne and John DeLawyer.

Congratulations to Kevin and Laurel Wilkerson!

Friday, August 30th, 2013

Congratulations to Kevin and Laurel Wilkerson on the purchase of 2010 Meridian N948C. The Wilkerson’s have owned a beautiful F33 Bonanza for 11 years and decided it was time to upgrade to turbine, pressurized performance. Thank you Kevin and Laurel, enjoy your Meridian!