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.

In 2010, Honda Aircraft Co. announced that its first HondaJet aircraft has lifted off. The flight marked an important step for Honda Aircraft as the initial flight of its first business jet that meets FAAstandards kicks off the federal certification process.

Operating out of Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, N.C., Honda Aircraft flew its first jet in 2003. However, the jet didn’t have FAA approval, which means it could not be sold commercially. Since the 2010 version of the jet was built with parts that meet FAA standards, it could be used for FAA certification tests.

Honda Aircraft CEO Michimasa Fujino tagged the 51-minute flight as a milestone for the company. He remarked back then that initial review of the 2010 flight data showed that the conforming HondaJet performed as expected.

In 2010, Honda Aircraft has already finished its second FAA-conforming aircraft and has just completed mating the main assemblies for its third aircraft. The HondaJet certification program was expected to have five FAA-conforming aircraft, with an additional one for flight test and another for structural test.

The Honda Aircraft Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Honda Motor Co., as formed as a separate entity in August 2006.

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