The Honda Aircraft Company, a division of Honda Motors, announced new achievements and milestones during the development of the HondaJet during the 2013 European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE). The program has flown through 3,300 test points for stability, control, performance, landing gear, flight controls, and more.
Michimasa Fujino, president and CEO of Honda Aircraft Company, told the EBACE that “The HondaJet program is steadily approaching the final phase of flight testing, and manufacturing has transitioned to production of customer aircraft. I’m committed to bringing new value to aviation by introducing the HondaJet. At the same time, Honda Aircraft Company continues to build the infrastructure and talent to design, manufacture and service this revolutionary aircraft.”
As of now, the HondaJet has completed flight testing from stall to high speed dive, and flight engineers conducted flutter testing at high and low altitudes. The fifth FAA-conforming HondaJet achieved its first flight on May 16, 2013, and will later be used for function and reliability testing to simulate in-service flight operations.
Earlier in the year, Honda conducted cold weather testing to test the aircraft systems under extreme temperatures. Also completes were abnormal operations testing for the main entry door and emergency exit door. “Our team is working very hard to bring the HondaJet to market as quickly as possible. Customer and market expectations are high, and I am dedicated to certifying and delivering an aircraft that will bring our customers lasting joy,” commented Fujino.
The HondaJet project has been with Honda for the better part of a decade, as it’s trying to expand the scope of its company with products like it and the multitasking robot ASIMO.