HondaJet goes into production

Article by Anita Panait, on November 2, 2012

After a year of various completed various flight, systems and structural tests, Honda Aircraft’s fifth FAA-conforming test aircraft is now in final assembly and is set to become the first HondaJet having a full production interior. The tests the HondaJet was made to undergo include crew seat crash tests, speedbrake testing, ultimate load tests, EASA windshield bird strike testing, wind tunnel icing tests and night lighting testing.

Honda Aircraft recently completed the first in a series of remote testing to authenticate the HondaJet’s performance under extreme temperatures. Honda Aircraft conducted hot-weather flight tests in Yuma, Arizona, which included critical case tests for both aircraft systems and infrastructure like hot fuel testing, fuselage structure temperature validation and powerplant and electrical generator cooling.

The company employed a 42-foot, custom telemetry vehicle in October to assist in remote location testing of the HondaJet. The mobile telemetry truck was designed to replicate the telemetry capabilities at Honda Aircraft’s global headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina. The mobile telemetry truck is a fully self-contained telemetry system used to monitor aircraft data during flight testing.

The truck employs six work stations that enables analysts to monitor real-time test data within a 200 nautical mile range of the aircraft and allows year-round operation at remote sites. In May 2012, Honda Aircraft announced the successful test flight completion of the fourth FAA-conforming test aircraft.

Just recently, Honda Aircraft’s fifth FAA-conforming aircraft completed power-on electrical testing and weight-on-wheels testing. It is set to undergo flight test early 2013. The company is also expecting its sixth FAA-conforming aircraft to join its test fleet in 2013.

Topics: honda, airplane

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