HondaJet Is Ready to Fly in the U.S.

As you may have heard, Honda has been busy developing a new type of private jet it claims it’s the world’s most advanced light plane. Its unique over-the-wing engine mount is just one of the things that set it apart from the models currently on the market, and the Japanese are eagerly waiting to start selling it on U.S. soil.
HondaJet has flown missions to 54 airports in 31 states in the continental United States 1 photo
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And they will soon, if we are to take the company’s recent announcement for granted. "Honda Aircraft will conclude testing with the FAA in a few days, which will pave the way for HondaJet type certification and entry into service," said Honda Aircraft Company President and CEO Michimasa Fujino. "We are expecting FAA type certification of the world's most advanced light jet very soon."

This is a milestone in Honda’s aviation expansion, with the new jet being in its last phase before commercialization. The Japanese company says it has completed all function and reliability (F&R) test conditions and is concluding flights for the HondaJet. The announcement was part of a program update shared at the National Business Aviation Association Convention and Exhibition, which started yesterday and goes on until November 19.

This may not sound like a big deal, but one should know it’s part of the procedure that prepares a new aircraft to enter production. F&R testing simulates typical, in-service flight operations for a new aircraft design. It includes takeoffs, landings, system operations, failure cases, approaches, and operations in hot, cold, and humid environments. With these, the FAA ensures the aircraft, including its components and equipment, has what it takes to fly safely.

According to the company, HondaJet has flown missions to 54 airports in 31 states in the continental U.S.. This brings the flight test program at over 3,000 total flight hours and more than 70 locations across the continent.

With the personal jet industry growing proportionally, Honda’s entrance on the American market may challenge the older players that have been present for a much longer time.
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