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Honda Aircraft Company has announced it has commenced production of the much-anticipated HondaJet, the world’s most advanced light jet aircraft.
During a press conference at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) annual meeting and convention in Orlando, Florida, the company also highlighted key testing milestones that have been successfully accomplished, enabling the HondaJet to move closer to certification and delivery.
Over the past year, Honda Aircraft has completed various flight, systems and structural tests on HondaJet including crew seat crash tests, speed brake testing, ultimate load tests, EASA windshield bird strike testing, wind tunnel icing tests and night lighting testing.
The company recently further completed the first in a series of remote testing to validate the HondaJet aircraft’s performance under extreme temperatures.
Hot-weather flight tests were conducted in Yuma, Arizona, and included critical case tests for both aircraft systems and infrastructure such as hot fuel testing, fuselage structure temperature validation and powerplant and electrical generator cooling.