The first HondaJet production aircraft is almost completed, Honda Aircraft Company president and chief executive Michimasa Fujino has disclosed during the Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition of the National Business Aviation Association. Honda is now assembling six production aircrafts and is on pace to complete build activities on the first production aircraft.
Honda said that they expect the production workforce to double as they prepare for market entry. The testing program for the HondaJet is also making steady progress. The company expects to get FAA Type Inspection Authorisation in the next few months.
The HondaJet program has already flown over 4,000 test points and has done numerous missions to remote testing sites across the United States. The testing program includes testing at the McKinley Climatic Laboratory at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida, which houses the largest environmental testing chamber in world.
The facility is able to simulate almost every weather condition, with temperatures ranging from -700 - +1800Fahrenheit (-560 - +830 Celsius). The aircrafts have also been subjected to testing at temperatures as low as -400 Fahrenheit (-400 Celsius).
The aircrafts are also undergoing demanding testing to check strength and durability. The structural test program aims to subject the aircraft to equivalent to three lifetimes of metallic fatigue testing and limit load residual strength testing as well as two lifetimes of composite damage tolerance testing.