US flight approval for HondaJet expected in late 2014

Article by Anita Panait, on May 23, 2013

Honda Motor Co Ltd. expects the United States Federal Aviation Administration to certify its HondaJet small passenger jet in late 2014. This means that the unconventional-looking HondaJet would not be allowed to fly in the US until it receives its license in late 2014. Honda originally expected the HondaJet to receive flight approval this year, but the green light was delayed no thanks to a minor issue in the certification procedure, which has since been resolved.

Honda spokesman Shigeki Endo said that while there was a minor issue in the process of the engine approval, the fundamental design of the jet is “not being swayed by this." He remarked that HondaJet has logged several successful test flights and Honda is pressing on with more flights.

The engines of the HondaJet are located on top of its wings, a configuration that Honda says allows for more cabin space and better fuel-efficiency than rival business jets. According to Endo, while HondaJet uses a lithium-ion battery like the grounded Boeing 787 Dreamliner jet, the delay in approval has nothing to do with the battery system.

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