Reportedly, Honda Aircraft Company said that the first production HondaJet achieved its initial flight. The event of this new milestone happened at the company’s world headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina.
“With this first flight, the program has entered an 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 batch of flying-machines that will officially land into the service by 2015 soared off the skies (for fist time) from the Piedmont Triad International Airport (KGSO) at 10:18 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time. During the 84-minute flight, the airplane touched a height of 15,500 feet and reached a top speed of 348 Knots True Air Speed (KTAS). Followed by a smooth landing, the crew received greetings from more than 1,000 Honda Aircraft team members in order to have commemorated the milestone.
“Aircraft production continues its steady pace in advance of entry into service with ten aircraft now on the final assembly line”, claimed the official letter of Honda Aircraft Company. “This steady build up supports the company’s objective to have aircraft ready for delivery immediately after Federal Aviation Administration type certification is achieved.”
As per the official source, the HondaJet will be single pilot certified and presently is up for sale in North America and Europe through the HondaJet dealer network.