Fifth HondaJet Moves Forward With Flight Testing
Honda Aircraft officials say the HondaJet is moving toward the final phase of flight testing. As part of the Federal Aviation Administration’s certification process, the company’s fifth HondaJet made its first flight last week. The light jet is being used for function and reliability testing which simulates in-service flight operations of the aircraft.
"An aircraft's first flight is an important and emotional milestone," said Honda Aircraft Company President and CEO Michimasa Fujino. "This is especially true for our fifth FAA-conforming HondaJet. This aircraft is equipped with a production interior and options, and it will anchor the final leg of our flight test program. From inside and out, this HondaJet matches the final configuration of a customer aircraft."
Future testing on the aircraft will analyze the controller-pilot data link communications. The company expects FAA certification by late 2014, about a year later than initially anticipated.