HondaJet and GE Honda HF120 engines, nears type certification
Honda Aircraft Company spoke about HondaJet at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland today. “Honda Aircraft Company’s most important goals are achieving Federal Aviation Administration Type Certification and delivering the first customer aircraft,” said Honda Aircraft Company President and CEO Michimasa Fujino. “Our total effort is focused on reaching these much anticipated milestones in the first quarter of 2015.”
With certification and flight testing on, the first production HondaJet is in final assembly. The first set of production GE Honda HF120 engines are ready. Engine installation will pave the way for ground tests. Its first flight is anticipated this summer. 9 aircrafts are already in the assembly line as the company moves forward to delivery immediately after type certification in 2015. Moreover, Honda Aircraft now has a workforce exceeding 1,000, which represents more than 43 countries and the aviation industry’s top talent.
The 1st aircraft to come off the assembly line debuts a new exterior paint scheme of deep pearl green with a gold stripe. Other colour finishes include silver, red, yellow and blue exterior. Honda Aircraft is concentrating effort and investment into flight and maintenance training for customers.
In conjunction with FlightSafety International, Honda Aircraft is developing pilot and maintenance training curriculum. Classes are scheduled to begin later in 2014 in US. “Honda Aircraft Company, along with our worldwide network of dealers and suppliers, are working together to support the seamless transition to customers,” said Fujino. “Our goal is to have everything ready before the first delivery. We are committed through our network to deliver the best ownership experience from day one.”