"In addition to the more than 500 flight hours we have accumulated on the proof of concept HondaJet, the successful completion of this robust range of static structural stress tests on the conforming aircraft significantly reinforces the advantages of the HondaJet's advanced design," said Michimasa Fujino, Honda Aircraft Company's President and CEO.
The company also announced a ground testing underway on its first conforming flight test aircraft and static structural stress testing in progress on its second
"Honda's Advanced Systems Integration Test Facility is a powerful tool that will support the most efficient development and certification process possible for the HondaJet. By effectively identifying any developmental issues at the earliest possible stages of the process, our ASITF system will support an accelerated program momentum and, ultimately, help us create the best possible aircraft," said Fujino.
At the same time, construction of the HondaJet production facility on the company's Greensboro campus is quickly nearing completion. The 250,000 square feet production facility is now in the final phase of construction. The facility is scheduled for completion in early 2011, at which time pre-production preparations and training of production staff will begin.
In addition, the HondaJet production facility will incorporate Flight Safety International Level-D, full-motion flight simulators for training of all HondaJet pilots and crew.