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HondaJet successfully completed its first flight

Honda Motor Co.'s unit, Honda Aircraft Co., announced that its first HondaJet aircraft, which can apply for Federal Aviation Administration certification, lifted off recently. The flight marks an important step for Honda Aircraft as the initial flight of its first business jet that meets Federal Aviation Administration standards kicks off the federal certification process.

Honda Aircraft operates out of Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, N.C. In 2003, the company flew its first jet, but since it didn’t have FAA approval, the aircraft could not be sold commercially.

Honda’s new version of the jet was built with parts that meet FAA standards, meaning that the jet can be used for FAA certification tests. CEO Michimasa Fujino hailed the 51-minute flight as a milestone for the company.

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HondaJet: more details and photos released

Honda provided updates of what to expect from its HondaJet advanced light jet program at this year’s National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) convention. Honda talked about its production cockpit and cabin designs that feature production parts, indicating the quality of materials, colors and finishes.

Michimasa Fujino, Honda Aircraft Company's President and CEO, said that the advantages of the HondaJet's advanced design are proven by the more than 500 flight hours that have been accumulated on the concept HondaJet as well as the successful completion of the robust range of static structural stress tests on the conforming aircraft.

Honda also said that ground testing is ongoing for its first conforming flight test aircraft and that static structural stress testing is underway on its second conforming aircraft.

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