Honda Achieves First Flight Of FAA
January 3, 2011 - Honda Aircraft Company announced that
it has successfully completed the first flight of its
FAA-conforming HondaJet advanced light business jet. The
event is a significant step in Honda's aerospace program
leading to delivery of aircraft in 2012.
The first conforming HondaJet lifted off, December 20,
2010, at 15:31 EST from Honda Aircraft Company's world
headquarters facility at the
The HondaJet remained aloft for 51 minutes, during which time the aircraft's flight characteristics and performance were analyzed and systems checks were conducted.
Various test data gathered during the flight were transmitted real-time to Honda's flight test telemetry operations base within the company's world headquarters facility. "This is a very important milestone for the HondaJet program," said Michimasa Fujino, Honda Aircraft Company President and CEO.
aircraft was assembled and tested under strict FAA certification
processes, and we are very pleased to have achieved this
successful first flight. Our team has worked extremely hard to
reach this critical step in the HondaJet program, and these
results reflect Honda's focus and determination to develop a
very encouraged by our initial review of the flight data, which
indicates the conforming HondaJet performed as expected. As we
move forward, we will continue to focus all of our efforts and
energy to deliver to our customers the most advanced light
business jet yet created," said Fujino.
the company's certification program, Honda has completed its
second FAA-conforming aircraft, which already has undergone
numerous structural tests required for commencement of
certification flight testing. Honda also has completed mating of
main assemblies for its third FAA-conforming aircraft, which is
now in the systems installation phase of completion.
This third conforming aircraft, to be used mainly for mechanical systems flight testing, is scheduled to be completed in early 2011. A total of five FAA-conforming aircraft, including one additional flight test aircraft and one additional structural test aircraft, are planned to support the HondaJet certification program.
While Honda enters
the flight test program with its conforming HondaJet, the company also
nears completion of its aircraft production facility on its
Company, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Honda Motor Company, Ltd.,
has amassed orders for well over 100 HondaJet advanced light business
jets. Scheduled for first delivery in the third quarter of 2012, the
$4.5 million HondaJet is Honda's first-ever commercial aircraft and
lives up to the company's reputation for dynamic performance together
with superior efficiency. The HondaJet proof-of-concept aircraft has
accumulated more than 500 flight test hours and attained both a top
speed of 420 knots (483 mph) and a maximum altitude of 43,000 ft. in
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