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.