Hondajet certified… at last
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.