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.
Collaboration between the German government, academia, and airplane manufacturers may make future aircraft cabins more protective of pilots and passengers. The Safety Box team plans to apply auto racing technology to general aviation.
A father and his 14-year-old son were helping another pilot ferry a newly purchased aircraft from California to their home field in Virginia. The three made an overnight stop in Albuquerque before flying on to Illinois for fuel. But shortly after they parked the aircraft in Marion, Ill., they were approached by as many as 18 uniformed and non-uniformed law enforcement officers who came running toward the airplane.
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