Honda Aircraft completes function and reliability (F&R) test conditions for HondaJet

Article by Andrew Christian, on November 24, 2015

Honda Aircraft Company has completed all function and reliability (F&R) test conditions for its HondaJet, the company's top honcho announced at the National Business Aviation Association Convention and Exhibition.

Honda Aircraft Company President and chief executive Michimasa Fujino also disclosed that the company is now concluding F&R flights for the HondaJet. He said that F&R tests with the United States Federal Aviation Administration should allow for HondaJet type certification and entry into service.

He added that Honda Aircraft is expecting FAA type certification of the HondaJet "very soon." The F&R tests simulate typical, in-service flight operations for a new aircraft design. The sets of tests include takeoffs, landings and system operations, as well as failure cases and approaches. Also included are the aircraft's operations in hot, cold, and humid environments.

These tests actually make sure that the HondaJet – as well as its equipment and components – are reliable and functioning properly. F&R tests already covered flight missions to 54 airports in 31 states in the continental US.

In October, Honda Aircraft was able to complete all Part 23 certification flight testing. Overall, HondaJet's flight test program has already topped 3,000 total flight hours conducted at over 70 locations in the country.

As part of its plan to show the reliability, maturity and readiness of HondaJet, the company held a world tour this year, with the light aircraft visiting Japan, Europe and South America. Honda Aircraft also held a demonstration tour for the HondaJet in North America. HondaJet logged over 300 hours of flight time during these tours.

To train soon-to-be pilots and maintenance technicians for HondaJet, the company opened the Honda Aircraft Training Center in Greensboro in late 2014. The center has been beefing up its staff, developing infrastructure and finalizing curriculums to help pilots and technicians become more familiar and acquainted with Honda Jet.

Of course, the aircraft needs a program that incorporates the latest technology. To that effect, Honda Aircraft inked a partnership with FlightSafety International. The program now covers improved graphic systems and operational day flow (ODF) that will allow pilots to effortlessly apply their learnings from the classroom to the cockpit.

Now, the HondaJet flight simulator is certified Interim Level C by the FAA. But once the HondaJet finishes its type certification, the flight simulator will be certified Level D and ready for type-rating training.

According to Fujino, HondaJet does not only bring new value to the market but also sets a higher standard for aircraft ownership. He disclosed that along with the HondaJet dealer network, Honda Aircraft now has the infrastructure to deliver its objective, and marks its readiness to enter service.

Press Release

HONDAJET NEARS FEDERAL AVIATION ADMINISTRATION TYPE CERTIFICATION

Honda Aircraft Company announced today that it has completed all function and reliability (F&R) test conditions and is concluding F&R flights for the HondaJet. The announcement was part of a program update shared at the National Business Aviation Association Convention and Exhibition, which is being held in Las Vegas from Nov. 17 to 19.

"Honda Aircraft will conclude testing with the FAA in a few days, which will pave the way for HondaJet type certification and entry into service," said Honda Aircraft Company President and CEO Michimasa Fujino. "We are expecting FAA type certification of the world's most advanced light jet very soon."

Function and reliability testing simulates typical, in-service flight operations for a new aircraft design. Testing includes takeoffs, landings, system operations, failure cases, approaches, and operations in hot, cold, and humid environments. This ensures the aircraft, including its components and equipment, is reliable and functioning properly. The HondaJet has flown missions to 54 airports in 31 states in the continental United States as part of F&R testing.

In October, Honda Aircraft completed all Part 23 certification flight testing. The flight test program has exceeded 3,000 total flight hours and testing was conducted at more than 70 locations in the U.S.

HondaJet World Tour Demonstrated Aircraft Maturity
This year, the HondaJet completed a successful world tour with the aircraft making its first appearances in Japan, Europe and South America. The world tour, combined with a North American demonstration tour, has demonstrated the aircraft's maturity, reliability and readiness for entry into service. The HondaJet flew more than 300 total hours in North America, Japan, Europe and South America.

Honda Aircraft Training Center Operational
Since becoming operational in late 2014, the Honda Aircraft Training Center in Greensboro has been preparing to train pilots and maintenance technicians by increasing staff, developing infrastructure and finalizing curriculums.

Honda Aircraft has partnered with FlightSafety International, the world's leading aviation training organization, to develop a program that incorporates the latest technology. This includes enhanced graphic systems and operational day flow (ODF) to allow pilots a seamless transition from the classroom to the cockpit.

The HondaJet flight simulator has been certified Interim Level C by the FAA. Following HondaJet type certification, the simulator will be certified Level D and ready for type-rating training.

"Honda Aircraft is not only bringing new value to the market with the HondaJet, but also a higher standard for aircraft ownership" said Fujino. "Together with the HondaJet dealer network, we have built the infrastructure to deliver on our objective, and we are now ready for entry into service."

About HondaJet
The HondaJet is the fastest, highest-flying, quietest, and most fuel-efficient jet in its class. The HondaJet incorporates many technological innovations in aviation design, including the unique Over-The-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM) configuration that dramatically improves performance and fuel efficiency by reducing aerodynamic drag. The OTWEM design also reduces cabin sound, minimizes ground-detected noise, and allows for the roomiest cabin in its class, the largest baggage capacity, and a fully serviceable private aft lavatory. The HondaJet is powered by two highly fuel-efficient GE Honda HF120 turbofan jet engines, and is equipped with the most sophisticated glass flight deck available in any light business jet, a Honda-customized Garmin® G3000. The HondaJet is Honda's first commercial aircraft and lives up to the company's reputation for superior performance, efficiency, quality and value.

About Honda Aircraft Company
Honda Aircraft Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. Founded in 2006, Honda Aircraft's world headquarters is located in North Carolina, the birthplace of aviation. The challenging spirit upon which Mr. Soichiro Honda founded Honda Motor Co., Ltd. is alive today as Honda Aircraft fulfills one of Honda's longstanding dreams to advance human mobility skyward.

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