Honda business het takes to the skies
Honda is a name associated with cars and motorcycles for me. I had no idea the company even had an arm that built business jets. Honda has announced that the HondaJet has met FAA standards and conducted its first flight this week.
The aircraft took off from the Honda Aircraft Company world headquarters in Greensboro, NC and stayed in the air for 51 minutes. During the nearly hour-long flight, the aircraft was analyzed and systems checks were made to ensure that the aircraft was meeting specs and performing within its design intention.
"This is a very important milestone for the HondaJet program," said Michimasa Fujino, Honda Aircraft Company President and CEO. "This aircraft was assembled and tested under strict FAA certification processes, and we are very pleased to have achieved this successful first flight. Our team has worked extremely hard to reach this critical step in the HondaJet program, and these results reflect Honda's focus and determination to develop a class-leading aircraft."
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HondaJet has received over 100 orders for the new aircraft so far. The jet will sell for $4.5 million and test aircraft have flown at 483mph at 43,000 feet maximum height.