HondaJet Receives Provisional Type Certification from FAA
“Provisional type certification for the HondaJet is a tremendous milestone for the program, and we are pleased to reach this significant step toward customer deliveries and entry into service,” said Michimasa Fujino, Honda Aircraft Company President and CEO. “Honda Aircraft has completed nearly all of the testing and reports required by the FAA, and we are very close to achieving final type certification for the world’s most advanced light jet.”
The FAA typically awards provisional type certificates to business jets when final certification is near. The PTC is a design approval that indicates the HondaJet is safe for flight and meets airworthiness standards.
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“It is a pleasure for the Atlanta ACO to issue Honda Aircraft Company a provisional type certificate for the Model HA-420,” said Melvin Taylor, manager of the FAA’s Atlanta Aircraft Certification Office (ACO). “It is a milestone event for a first time aircraft manufacturer to receive its first type certificate. This issuance speaks well to the hard work put forward by all the Honda and FAA staff working in a collaborative manner. The Atlanta ACO takes pride in being part of Honda’s introduction of such an advanced and uniquely designed aircraft to the aviation market. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with Honda as we move to final completion of their HA-420 approval.”
Honda Aircraft anticipates final FAA certification will be coming in the next few months, after final testing has been completed. The four HondaJets in the flight test fleet have so far flown over 2,500 hours.
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HondaJet manufacturing is underway in Greensboro, North Carolina, and Honda Aircraft will begin first deliveries after achieving final FAA type certification.