Hon­da­jet cer­ti­fied… at last

Pilot - - PILOT NOTES -

The Hon­da­jet re­ceived US cer­ti­fi­ca­tion on 10 De­cem­ber, when the Fed­eral Avi­a­tion Ad­min­is­tra­tion pre­sented the type cer­tifi­cate to Honda Air­craft Com­pany Pres­i­dent and Chief Ex­ec­u­tive Of­fi­cer Michi­masa Fu­jino in front of more than 2,000 peo­ple.

The de­vel­op­ment pro­gramme has run sev­eral years be­hind the planned sched­ule, and has in­volved more than 3,000 flight hours and test­ing at 54 air­ports in 31 States across the USA. Honda is now speed­ing up pro­duc­tion at its Greensboro, North Carolina, fa­cil­ity where 25 air­craft are on the fi­nal as­sem­bly line. The com­pany holds more than 100 or­ders for the Hon­da­jet, the ma­jor­ity from cus­tomers in North Amer­ica and Europe. Cessna re­cently rolled out its 100th Cessna Ci­ta­tion M2 ‘en­try level’ busi­ness jet, less than two years af­ter gain­ing FAA cer­ti­fi­ca­tion.

The mile­stone M2 was de­liv­ered in De­cem­ber to Avi­a­tion Un­manned, a Dal­las-based busi­ness pro­vid­ing un­manned air­craft sys­tems con­sul­ta­tion, train­ing and com­mer­cial ser­vices. The sin­gle-pi­lot cer­ti­fied M2, which can carry up to seven pas­sen­gers, has a max­i­mum cruis­ing speed of 404kt and a range of 1,540nm.

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