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HondaJet Receives Type Certification from the FAA

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The HondaJet received type certification from the United States Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday, Dec. 8.

Today, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the Honda Aircraft Company gathered at the latter’s headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina, to announce that the HondaJet has officially received type certification from the FAA.

Honda Aircraft Company President and CEO Michimasa Fujino was presented with the certificate in front of over 2,000 people, including FAA Administrator Michael Huerta, government representatives, HondaJet dealers, suppliers, and Honda Aircraft associates.

“Achieving FAA type certification for the HondaJet is a monumental milestone for Honda,” said Michimasa Fujino. “We established Honda Aircraft as a new aerospace company and introduced our first product — an advanced light jet with technologies developed from serious research activities. We designed, tested, and have now certified this clean-sheet design aircraft–an unprecedented challenge for Honda.”

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A production HondaJet on display at the Henderson Executive Airport in Las Vegas

A production HondaJet on display at the Henderson Executive Airport in Las Vegas

Through rigorous ground and flight tests with the FAA, Honda Aircraft Company was able to successfully validate the HondaJet’s performance, safety, function and reliability. Over 3,000 total flight hours conducted at over 70 locations across the US were needed to secure type certification for the light aircraft.

“This day was achieved through the collaborative efforts of the FAA and Honda Aircraft Company,” said FAA Atlanta Aircraft Certification Office manager Melvin Taylor. “Collaboration is not easy, it often is a difficult subject. But when it is done successfully like this program, the rewards are gratifying to us all.”

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The HondaJet is both the most efficient and the fastest airplane in its class, with a top speed of 483 mph.

And now that it has achieved FAA type certification, Honda Aircraft is ramping up production of the HondaJet in Greensboro, with 25 aircrafts on the final assembly line. The company’s workforce is now approaching 1,700 people, who are busy preparing for deliveries, pilot training, and after-sales customer service and support.

“This is an exciting day for North Carolina and our state’s aerospace industry,” North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory said at the presentation. “As far back as the Wright Brothers’ first flight at Kitty Hawk, our role in aviation has always been significant. Now, when we look up in the sky, we will see jets made right here in North Carolina. Congratulations to Honda Aircraft Company on this enormous achievement.”