Greensboro, North Carolina – Reported by Elite Traveler, the Private Jet Lifestyle Magazine
Honda Aircraft Company recently announced that the first FAA-conforming HondaJet light business jet has achieved a maximum speed of 425 KTAS (489 mph) at 30,000 feet and a maximum Mach number of 0.72 above 30,000 feet. This incredible achievement surpasses the company’s performance commitment of 420 KTAS for the production HondaJet.
“We are extremely pleased with the strong performance of the FAA-conforming HondaJet early in the flight test program,” said Michimasa Fujino, Honda Aircraft Company President & CEO. “Our flight tests indicate the aircraft is handling and performing as expected, with excellent control harmony and stability. The HondaJet’s unique over-the-wing engine-mount configuration and natural laminar-flow leading edge and fuselage nose designs significantly reduce drag and greatly contribute to such outstanding performance. In addition, the HondaJet’s HF120 engines are exhibiting carefree handling of thrust and are supporting top-level performance and efficiency.”
While flight testing and the build of FAA-conforming aircraft continue, construction of the HondaJet production facility on the company’s Greensboro campus nears completion. Honda will soon take occupancy of the 263,400-square-foot production facility and begin the process of moving equipment and personnel into the facility and undertaking pre-production preparations and training necessary to support HondaJet’s production ramp-up beginning in 2012.