December 21, 2010
By Dave Hirschman
Honda Aircraft Co. successfully completed the first flight of its FAA-conforming HondaJet, the company announced.
The first flight of the test aircraft took place Dec. 20 at Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, N.C., and lasted 51 minutes. Honda plans to produce several aircraft for its ongoing FAA certification program, and the first customer deliveries are planned for late 2012.
Honda is also nearing completion on a 266,000-square-foot production facility in Greensboro where it will manufacture the twin-engine, $4.5 million business jets.
Honda officials said the HondaJet’s performance met expectations.
The HondaJet is the first aircraft Honda has ever produced. The proof-of-concept airplane has logged more than 500 flight test hours and reached a top speed of 420 knots and flown as high as 43,000 feet.
HondaJets feature unique over-wing engines and Garmin 3000 integrated avionics suites.
Connecticut lawmakers have voted to recognize Gustave Whitehead as the first pilot to achieve powered flight. The bill awaits the governor’s signature, and marks the latest round in a newly revived debate.
Waco Classic Aircraft Corp. officially unveiled the first conforming new production Great Lakes 2T-1A-2, an aerobatic biplane.
Brazil’s brand-new Wega arrived in the United States in April. The Wega is an all-composite, Experimental-category airplane built in the Santa Catarina district in Brazil.