Press release

May 23, 2016

GE Honda Aero Engines HF120 Receives EASA Certification

GENEVA, Switzerland – May 23, 2016 – GE Honda Aero Engine’s HF120 turbofan engine received type certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) on April 20, 2016.

"The EASA type certification on the HF120 engine is a significant achievement for the GHAE team,” said Steve Shaknaitis, president of GE Honda Aero Engines. “GHAE has worked closely with EASA since our familiarization meeting to complete 15 certification reports that have now been fully approved. We are very pleased to introduce the HF120 to Europe."

GE Honda Aero Engines (GHAE) continues to support Honda Aircraft Company’s HondaJet program and its successful worldwide Entry Into Service (EIS). Earlier this year, GHAE expanded its European Authorized Service Providers (ASPs) network for the HF120 by adding Marshall Aviation Services (Cambridge, UK), which joined TAG Aviation (Farnborough, UK) and Rheinland Air Service (Mönchengladbach, Germany). GHAE’s ASPs are capable of performing line maintenance, engine installation and removal, and support of rental engine logistics for HF120 shop visits.

The ASP network is supported by a 24/7 GE Honda Operations Center, and a growing GHAE team of dedicated Field Technical Managers (FTMs) and Customer Team Managers (CTMs).

In February of 2016, GHAE’s designated Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) facility, Honda Aero, Inc. (HAI), in Burlington, NC, secured a PART 145 repair station certificate from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This certificate enables HAI to serve as the dedicated MRO center for the HF120. This same facility, where the current HF120 new engine production takes place, received its FAA Production Certificate in March, 2015. By combining the production and maintenance operation on one site, GHAE can offer more flexibility to its customers.

Rated at 2,095 pounds of thrust, the HF120 engine sets new standards of performance in fuel efficiency, durability, and low noise and emissions. To date, the HF120 program has accumulated close to 23,000 cycles and more than 13,000 hours demonstrating maturity for an exemplary entry into service.

About Marshall Aviation Services

Marshall Aviation Services ( is responsible for Marshall ADG’s business and commercial aviation activities. Across its Broughton, Cambridge and Birmingham locations it offers solutions including: maintenance, modification, refurbishment and conversion of business aircraft including Hawker, King Air and Cessna Citation aircraft amongst others. The company also provides aircraft management and charter through FlairJet; aircraft sales, including Western European sales distributorship of the distinctive new HondaJet; hangarage at Birmingham and Cambridge Airport, aircraft brokerage and complementary services tailored to the requirements of business aircraft owners and operators.


TAG Aviation has pioneered industry standards in business aviation client service, safety systems, operational excellence and bespoke training, with a history dating back to 1966. TAG Aviation is a global company that includes TAG Aviation Europe, TAG Aviation Asia in Hong Kong and TAG Aviation Middle East in Bahrain. The company offers a broad range of business aviation services including aircraft management, charter, maintenance and FBO/handling. Globally, TAG Aviation manages a fleet of over 120 aircraft, with around 50 available for charter. The company also provides comprehensive maintenance and engineering services in nine locations (Geneva, Sion, Farnborough, Paris, Clermont-Ferrand, Madrid, Lisbon, Hong Kong and Lomé). The company is headquartered in Geneva, Switzerland and comprises of operating centres in Geneva, Farnborough (London), Madrid and Hong Kong. TAG Aviation’s FBO facilities in Geneva and TAG Farnborough Airport, a sister company, have repeatedly been rated among the top three FBOs worldwide. TAG Aviation employs over 1,200 aviation professionals worldwide including nearly 600 pilots and cabin crew. TAG Global Training, TAG Aviation’s training division, trains an average of 3,000 aviation professionals each year. (

About Rheinland Air Service

RAS is a recognized leader in aircraft maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO), as well as aircraft sales, support, and fueling. With over 40 years of technical expertise, including both EASA and FAA Part 145 certifications, RAS employs 210 people across Europe and Africa. In addition to the HondaJet, RAS is also a dealer for DAHER TBM Series, Quest KODIAK and WACO Classic aircraft. The RAS companies serve business, general and commercial aviation. For more information, please visit (

About GE Honda Aero Engines

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.

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