Hondanews Online Newsroom http://hondanews.com en-US dev@wieck.com (Wieck Media) Copyright 2014 40 Sun, 26 Oct 2014 01:53:29 -0700 HondaJet: HondaJet Program Update Shared at NBAA 2014 <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/9482/0d6f/94820d6f-7671-49a6-bd62-62ae6bfee5c9-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> HondaJet Program Update Shared at NBAA 2014 HondaJet Mon, 20 Oct 2014 06:35:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/hondajet-program-update-shared-at-nbaa-2014-1 http://hondanews.com/photos/hondajet-program-update-shared-at-nbaa-2014-1 HondaJet Program Update Shared at NBAA 2014 <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/9482/0d6f/94820d6f-7671-49a6-bd62-62ae6bfee5c9-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> HondaJet Program Update Shared at NBAA 2014 HondaJet: HondaJet Program Update Shared at NBAA 2014 <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/fa7d/d3bd/fa7dd3bd-bf3f-49e5-8bdf-23ae06871f75-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> HondaJet Program Update Shared at NBAA 2014 HondaJet Mon, 20 Oct 2014 06:35:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/hondajet-program-update-shared-at-nbaa-2014 http://hondanews.com/photos/hondajet-program-update-shared-at-nbaa-2014 HondaJet Program Update Shared at NBAA 2014 <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/fa7d/d3bd/fa7dd3bd-bf3f-49e5-8bdf-23ae06871f75-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> HondaJet Program Update Shared at NBAA 2014 HondaJet: HondaJet Program Update Shared at NBAA 2014 <p>Honda Aircraft Company announced today progress and <a href="http://www.hondajet.com/">HondaJet</a> program achievements during a press conference at the 2014 National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Convention and Exhibition in Orlando, Florida. The HondaJet has begun a demonstration tour for customers as Honda Aircraft and the HondaJet dealer network continue final preparations for entry into service.</p> <p>“Over the past three weeks, many customers experienced their first flight in the HondaJet during a special demonstration tour, and we have enjoyed seeing their excitement as we showcase the aircraft’s capabilities,” said Honda Aircraft Company President and CEO Michimasa Fujino. “The HondaJet program is also in the final phase of certification testing with the Federal Aviation Administration with all four flight test aircraft maintaining an intensive certification testing schedule.”</p> <p><strong>Certification Flight Testing</strong><br> Honda Aircraft Company has conducted extensive certification flight testing at various locations across the United States. This includes test of minimum control speed on ground (Vmcg) in Kinston, North Carolina; high-field operation test in Telluride, Colorado; high-elevation field performance test in Roswell, New Mexico; crosswind landing test in Lubbock, Texas; avionics system test in Wichita, Kansas; and extreme cold weather testing at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.</p> <p>The HondaJet flight test fleet has logged more than 2,000 flight hours and has conducted testing at more than 70 locations across the U.S.</p> <p><strong>HondaJet North American Demonstration Tour</strong><br> In September, the <a href="http://www.hondajet.com/news/article.aspx?ArticleType=pressrelease&CatType=news_detail_139.xml&bhcp=1">first production HondaJet</a> started a demonstration tour with dealers in the United States and Canada. U.S. cities have included Salt Lake City; Des Moines, Iowa; and Greensboro, North Carolina. Canadian cities included Calgary, Edmonton, and Toronto. More than 100 passengers have experienced the HondaJet at these locations. The tour will continue immediately after NBAA with stops in Fort Lauderdale, Florida; San Antonio; Monterrey and Toluca, Mexico; Phoenix; and Southern California.</p> <p>“Our customers are very excited with the climb performance, speed, and comfort of the HondaJet, and have consistently remarked how quiet it is in operation. They are also impressed with the spaciousness of the cabin and its interior fit and finish,” said Fujino. “Our effort to design the best interior with a focus on human factors has been appreciated by customers.”</p> <p><strong>Production Workforce Increases by More Than 300</strong><br> At Honda Aircraft Company’s world headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina, production is ramping up and the final assembly line is full with 11 aircraft. The second production HondaJet is nearing build completion. Honda Aircraft anticipates its first flight in the next few months.</p> <p>The company has also hired and trained more than 300 assembly technicians in the last 14 months to support aircraft production and its continued ramp-up. Honda Aircraft anticipates adding an additional 150 production jobs prior to entry into service.</p> <p>To support production ramp-up, Honda Aircraft has integrated the latest technology with HondaJet assembly technicians using hand-held tablets that deliver work instructions. A fully interactive parts list allows technicians to easily identify parts and their assembly. These devices improve production efficiency and have the capability to expedite the interface between the assembly line and inspection.</p> <p><strong>Honda Aircraft Company World Headquarters Expansion</strong><br> Honda Aircraft also announced that the company is expanding its world headquarters located at the Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, North Carolina, to accommodate increasing sales activity and add a dedicated hangar for delivery preparation. Construction has begun on two projects, which include a 49,968-square-foot expansion of the main headquarters building and the addition of a 24,405-square-foot hangar to support aircraft production and delivery. Both projects are scheduled for completion in the second half of 2015. The $19 million expansion will bring Honda’s total capital investment in Honda Aircraft Company’s facilities to approximately $160 million and increase its total square footage to more than 680,000 square feet.</p> <p>“Honda Aircraft has experienced remarkable growth in both our workforce and infrastructure since the company’s founding in 2006,” said Fujino. “Our workforce now exceeds 1,200, and the expansion is part of a phased plan to accommodate our growth.”</p> <p><strong>The HondaJet Ownership Experience<br> </strong>Honda Aircraft is committed to providing the highest-quality <a href="http://www.hondajet.com/sales-and-support/training/">training and support</a> for the HondaJet and has partnered with <a href="https://www.flightsafety.com/fs_index.php?sw=1600&sh=900">FlightSafety International</a>, the world’s leading aviation training organization. The HondaJet Training Center is operational with FlightSafety representatives working onsite. The full-motion, Level D simulator will be installed at the HondaJet Training Center in the first quarter of 2015. Pilot training will include type rating and recurrent pilot training programs for both single and multicrew operations.</p> <p>Since the opening of Honda Aircraft Company’s customer service facility in 2013, the company has been preparing to support customers and dealers around the world. A 24/7 technical support center will be ready to assist dealers in expediting the resolution of maintenance issues, including aircraft on ground (AOG) situations.</p> <p><strong>Honda Aviation Finance Company Established, Accepting Loan Applications</strong><br> Honda Aviation Finance Company, LLC has been established and has begun accepting loan applications. <a href="http://www.hondajet.com/sales-and-support/financing/">Term loan financing</a> will be available to qualified HondaJet customers residing in the United States.</p> <p>“Honda Aircraft has an established infrastructure and network to support sales and service,” said Fujino. “Together with our dealer network, we will be ready to provide our customers with an unsurpassed level of customer service from the first HondaJet delivery.”</p> <p><strong>About HondaJet<br> </strong>The HondaJet is the world’s most advanced light business jet aircraft, with best-in-class advantages in performance, comfort, quality and efficiency. The HondaJet is the fastest, highest-flying, quietest, and most fuel-efficient jet in its class. The HondaJet incorporates many technological innovations in aviation design, including the unique <a href="http://www.HondaJet.com/OTWEM">Over-The-Wing Engine Mount</a> (OTWEM) configuration that dramatically improves performance and fuel efficiency by reducing aerodynamic drag. The OTWEM design also reduces cabin sound, minimizes ground-detected noise, and allows for the roomiest cabin in its class, the largest baggage capacity, and a fully serviceable private aft lavatory. The HondaJet is powered by two highly fuel-efficient GE Honda HF120 turbofan jet engines, and is equipped with the most sophisticated glass flight deck available in any light business jet, a Honda-customized Garmin® G3000 next-generation, all-glass avionics system composed of three 14-inch landscape-format displays and dual touch-screen controllers. The HondaJet is Honda's first commercial aircraft and lives up to the company’s reputation for superior performance, efficiency, quality and value.</p> <p><strong>About Honda Aircraft Company<br> </strong>Honda Aircraft Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. Founded in 2006, Honda Aircraft has its heritage in more than 20 years of groundbreaking aeronautical research and development. At Honda Aircraft’s world headquarters in North Carolina, the birthplace of aviation, the company’s associates work in more than 600,000 square feet of state-of-the-art R&D, production, administration and customer service facilities to develop, produce, market and support the HondaJet with HondaJet dealers. The challenging spirit upon which Mr. Soichiro Honda founded Honda Motor Co., Ltd. is alive today as Honda Aircraft fulfills one of Honda’s longstanding dreams to advance human mobility skyward.</p> <p># # #</p> <p><em>Editor’s Note: High-resolution photography and video are available via the Honda Aircraft Company media portal. Register</em> <a href="https://media.haciportal.com/_login/HAC.SharePoint.MediaPortal/login.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2f_layouts%2fAuthenticate.aspx%3fSource%3d%252F&Source=%2F">here</a>.</p> HondaJet Mon, 20 Oct 2014 06:35:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/84680f02-4da9-49df-9164-9311af90aaa2 http://hondanews.com/releases/84680f02-4da9-49df-9164-9311af90aaa2 HondaJet Program Update Shared at NBAA 2014 <p>Honda Aircraft Company announced today progress and <a href="http://www.hondajet.com/">HondaJet</a> program achievements during a press conference at the 2014 National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) Convention and Exhibition in Orlando, Florida. The HondaJet has begun a demonstration tour for customers as Honda Aircraft and the HondaJet dealer network continue final preparations for entry into service.</p> <p>“Over the past three weeks, many customers experienced their first flight in the HondaJet during a special demonstration tour, and we have enjoyed seeing their excitement as we showcase the aircraft’s capabilities,” said Honda Aircraft Company President and CEO Michimasa Fujino. “The HondaJet program is also in the final phase of certification testing with the Federal Aviation Administration with all four flight test aircraft maintaining an intensive certification testing schedule.”</p> <p><strong>Certification Flight Testing</strong><br> Honda Aircraft Company has conducted extensive certification flight testing at various locations across the United States. This includes test of minimum control speed on ground (Vmcg) in Kinston, North Carolina; high-field operation test in Telluride, Colorado; high-elevation field performance test in Roswell, New Mexico; crosswind landing test in Lubbock, Texas; avionics system test in Wichita, Kansas; and extreme cold weather testing at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.</p> <p>The HondaJet flight test fleet has logged more than 2,000 flight hours and has conducted testing at more than 70 locations across the U.S.</p> <p><strong>HondaJet North American Demonstration Tour</strong><br> In September, the <a href="http://www.hondajet.com/news/article.aspx?ArticleType=pressrelease&CatType=news_detail_139.xml&bhcp=1">first production HondaJet</a> started a demonstration tour with dealers in the United States and Canada. U.S. cities have included Salt Lake City; Des Moines, Iowa; and Greensboro, North Carolina. Canadian cities included Calgary, Edmonton, and Toronto. More than 100 passengers have experienced the HondaJet at these locations. The tour will continue immediately after NBAA with stops in Fort Lauderdale, Florida; San Antonio; Monterrey and Toluca, Mexico; Phoenix; and Southern California.</p> <p>“Our customers are very excited with the climb performance, speed, and comfort of the HondaJet, and have consistently remarked how quiet it is in operation. They are also impressed with the spaciousness of the cabin and its interior fit and finish,” said Fujino. “Our effort to design the best interior with a focus on human factors has been appreciated by customers.”</p> <p><strong>Production Workforce Increases by More Than 300</strong><br> At Honda Aircraft Company’s world headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina, production is ramping up and the final assembly line is full with 11 aircraft. The second production HondaJet is nearing build completion. Honda Aircraft anticipates its first flight in the next few months.</p> <p>The company has also hired and trained more than 300 assembly technicians in the last 14 months to support aircraft production and its continued ramp-up. Honda Aircraft anticipates adding an additional 150 production jobs prior to entry into service.</p> <p>To support production ramp-up, Honda Aircraft has integrated the latest technology with HondaJet assembly technicians using hand-held tablets that deliver work instructions. A fully interactive parts list allows technicians to easily identify parts and their assembly. These devices improve production efficiency and have the capability to expedite the interface between the assembly line and inspection.</p> <p><strong>Honda Aircraft Company World Headquarters Expansion</strong><br> Honda Aircraft also announced that the company is expanding its world headquarters located at the Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, North Carolina, to accommodate increasing sales activity and add a dedicated hangar for delivery preparation. Construction has begun on two projects, which include a 49,968-square-foot expansion of the main headquarters building and the addition of a 24,405-square-foot hangar to support aircraft production and delivery. Both projects are scheduled for completion in the second half of 2015. The $19 million expansion will bring Honda’s total capital investment in Honda Aircraft Company’s facilities to approximately $160 million and increase its total square footage to more than 680,000 square feet.</p> <p>“Honda Aircraft has experienced remarkable growth in both our workforce and infrastructure since the company’s founding in 2006,” said Fujino. “Our workforce now exceeds 1,200, and the expansion is part of a phased plan to accommodate our growth.”</p> <p><strong>The HondaJet Ownership Experience<br> </strong>Honda Aircraft is committed to providing the highest-quality <a href="http://www.hondajet.com/sales-and-support/training/">training and support</a> for the HondaJet and has partnered with <a href="https://www.flightsafety.com/fs_index.php?sw=1600&sh=900">FlightSafety International</a>, the world’s leading aviation training organization. The HondaJet Training Center is operational with FlightSafety representatives working onsite. The full-motion, Level D simulator will be installed at the HondaJet Training Center in the first quarter of 2015. Pilot training will include type rating and recurrent pilot training programs for both single and multicrew operations.</p> <p>Since the opening of Honda Aircraft Company’s customer service facility in 2013, the company has been preparing to support customers and dealers around the world. A 24/7 technical support center will be ready to assist dealers in expediting the resolution of maintenance issues, including aircraft on ground (AOG) situations.</p> <p><strong>Honda Aviation Finance Company Established, Accepting Loan Applications</strong><br> Honda Aviation Finance Company, LLC has been established and has begun accepting loan applications. <a href="http://www.hondajet.com/sales-and-support/financing/">Term loan financing</a> will be available to qualified HondaJet customers residing in the United States.</p> <p>“Honda Aircraft has an established infrastructure and network to support sales and service,” said Fujino. “Together with our dealer network, we will be ready to provide our customers with an unsurpassed level of customer service from the first HondaJet delivery.”</p> <p><strong>About HondaJet<br> </strong>The HondaJet is the world’s most advanced light business jet aircraft, with best-in-class advantages in performance, comfort, quality and efficiency. The HondaJet is the fastest, highest-flying, quietest, and most fuel-efficient jet in its class. The HondaJet incorporates many technological innovations in aviation design, including the unique <a href="http://www.HondaJet.com/OTWEM">Over-The-Wing Engine Mount</a> (OTWEM) configuration that dramatically improves performance and fuel efficiency by reducing aerodynamic drag. The OTWEM design also reduces cabin sound, minimizes ground-detected noise, and allows for the roomiest cabin in its class, the largest baggage capacity, and a fully serviceable private aft lavatory. The HondaJet is powered by two highly fuel-efficient GE Honda HF120 turbofan jet engines, and is equipped with the most sophisticated glass flight deck available in any light business jet, a Honda-customized Garmin® G3000 next-generation, all-glass avionics system composed of three 14-inch landscape-format displays and dual touch-screen controllers. The HondaJet is Honda's first commercial aircraft and lives up to the company’s reputation for superior performance, efficiency, quality and value.</p> <p><strong>About Honda Aircraft Company<br> </strong>Honda Aircraft Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. Founded in 2006, Honda Aircraft has its heritage in more than 20 years of groundbreaking aeronautical research and development. At Honda Aircraft’s world headquarters in North Carolina, the birthplace of aviation, the company’s associates work in more than 600,000 square feet of state-of-the-art R&D, production, administration and customer service facilities to develop, produce, market and support the HondaJet with HondaJet dealers. The challenging spirit upon which Mr. Soichiro Honda founded Honda Motor Co., Ltd. is alive today as Honda Aircraft fulfills one of Honda’s longstanding dreams to advance human mobility skyward.</p> <p># # #</p> <p><em>Editor’s Note: High-resolution photography and video are available via the Honda Aircraft Company media portal. Register</em> <a href="https://media.haciportal.com/_login/HAC.SharePoint.MediaPortal/login.aspx?ReturnUrl=%2f_layouts%2fAuthenticate.aspx%3fSource%3d%252F&Source=%2F">here</a>.</p> HondaJet: Dr. Michimasa Fujino, President and CEO of Honda Aircraft Company <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/0702/5395/07025395-c7b4-452c-9ea4-811fd8c3d977-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Dr. Michimasa Fujino, President and CEO of Honda Aircraft Company HondaJet Tue, 19 Aug 2014 06:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/dr-michimasa-fujino-president-and-ceo-of-honda-aircraft-company http://hondanews.com/photos/dr-michimasa-fujino-president-and-ceo-of-honda-aircraft-company Dr. Michimasa Fujino, President and CEO of Honda Aircraft Company <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/0702/5395/07025395-c7b4-452c-9ea4-811fd8c3d977-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Dr. Michimasa Fujino, President and CEO of Honda Aircraft Company HondaJet: SAE International to Honor Honda Aircraft Company President Michimasa Fujino with Clarence L. (Kelly) Johnson Aerospace Vehicle Design and Development Award <p>Dr. Michimasa Fujino, President and CEO of Honda Aircraft Company, will be honored with the SAE International Clarence L. (Kelly) Johnson Aerospace Vehicle Design and Development Award. Fujino will receive the award during the SAE 2015 AeroTech Congress & Exposition, which will be held Sept. 22-24, 2015, in Seattle, Washington, USA.</p> <p>Established in 1992, the award recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves by making significant contributions during their career in the innovative design and development of advanced aircraft and/or spacecraft. It’s made possible through a fund established by the Lockheed Advanced Development Company.</p> <p>Fujino is responsible for the research and development, production, sales and marketing of the innovative HondaJet. Fujino rose through the engineering ranks to become a vice president with Honda R&D Americas Inc., and named the project leader for the HondaJet. He led all design tasks of the HondaJet through advanced analysis, experimental verification and flight testing.</p> <p>Fujino’s clean sheet design for an advanced light jet that could achieve both higher speed and higher fuel efficiency led to the development of key HondaJet technologies. He discovered the optimum Over-The-Wing Engine Mount configuration, which reduces wave drag at a high Mach number, and applied it to the HondaJet design. This aeronautical breakthrough was proven to greatly enhance aircraft performance, fuel efficiency and passenger comfort. He also developed a new natural laminar flow (NLF) wing and fuselage nose for the light jet with application of a new concept composite construction to the fuselage structure. These innovations allow the HondaJet to achieve highest speed, superior fuel efficiency and the most cabin and luggage space over other light jets in its class.</p> <p>Fujino has been the recipient of numerous international awards and distinctions, including the International Council of Aeronautical Sciences Innovation Award (2014), American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Aircraft Design Award (2012), Aviation Week and Technology’s Vision Award (2008) and the Japan Society for Aeronautical and Space Sciences (JSASS) Technology Award (2004). His research and theories on aircraft design, advanced aerodynamics and aeroelasticity have been published in numerous technical and academic journals, and he holds several patents.</p> <p>SAE International is a global association committed to being the ultimate knowledge source for the engineering profession. By uniting more than 145,000 engineers and technical experts, we drive knowledge and expertise across a broad spectrum of industries. We act on two priorities: encouraging a lifetime of learning for mobility engineering professionals and setting the standards for industry engineering. We strive for a better world through the work of our philanthropic SAE Foundation, including programs like <em>A World in Motion®</em> and the Collegiate Design Series™.</p> <p>- <a href="http://www.sae.org">www.sae.org</a> -</p> HondaJet Tue, 19 Aug 2014 06:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/211d8263-0415-4f07-9936-af910a6c5377 http://hondanews.com/releases/211d8263-0415-4f07-9936-af910a6c5377 SAE International to Honor Honda Aircraft Company President Michimasa Fujino with Clarence L. (Kelly) Johnson Aerospace Vehicle Design and Development Award <p>Dr. Michimasa Fujino, President and CEO of Honda Aircraft Company, will be honored with the SAE International Clarence L. (Kelly) Johnson Aerospace Vehicle Design and Development Award. Fujino will receive the award during the SAE 2015 AeroTech Congress & Exposition, which will be held Sept. 22-24, 2015, in Seattle, Washington, USA.</p> <p>Established in 1992, the award recognizes individuals who have distinguished themselves by making significant contributions during their career in the innovative design and development of advanced aircraft and/or spacecraft. It’s made possible through a fund established by the Lockheed Advanced Development Company.</p> <p>Fujino is responsible for the research and development, production, sales and marketing of the innovative HondaJet. Fujino rose through the engineering ranks to become a vice president with Honda R&D Americas Inc., and named the project leader for the HondaJet. He led all design tasks of the HondaJet through advanced analysis, experimental verification and flight testing.</p> <p>Fujino’s clean sheet design for an advanced light jet that could achieve both higher speed and higher fuel efficiency led to the development of key HondaJet technologies. He discovered the optimum Over-The-Wing Engine Mount configuration, which reduces wave drag at a high Mach number, and applied it to the HondaJet design. This aeronautical breakthrough was proven to greatly enhance aircraft performance, fuel efficiency and passenger comfort. He also developed a new natural laminar flow (NLF) wing and fuselage nose for the light jet with application of a new concept composite construction to the fuselage structure. These innovations allow the HondaJet to achieve highest speed, superior fuel efficiency and the most cabin and luggage space over other light jets in its class.</p> <p>Fujino has been the recipient of numerous international awards and distinctions, including the International Council of Aeronautical Sciences Innovation Award (2014), American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) Aircraft Design Award (2012), Aviation Week and Technology’s Vision Award (2008) and the Japan Society for Aeronautical and Space Sciences (JSASS) Technology Award (2004). His research and theories on aircraft design, advanced aerodynamics and aeroelasticity have been published in numerous technical and academic journals, and he holds several patents.</p> <p>SAE International is a global association committed to being the ultimate knowledge source for the engineering profession. By uniting more than 145,000 engineers and technical experts, we drive knowledge and expertise across a broad spectrum of industries. We act on two priorities: encouraging a lifetime of learning for mobility engineering professionals and setting the standards for industry engineering. We strive for a better world through the work of our philanthropic SAE Foundation, including programs like <em>A World in Motion®</em> and the Collegiate Design Series™.</p> <p>- <a href="http://www.sae.org">www.sae.org</a> -</p> HondaJet: Honda Aircraft Company Announces Banyan Air Service as the HondaJet Dealer for the Southeast United States <p>Honda Aircraft Company announced today a new <a href="http://www.hondajet.com/">HondaJet</a> dealer for the Southeast United States. <a href="http://www.banyanair.com/">Banyan Air Service Inc.</a>, based at the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE), will provide HondaJet sales and service for the eight-state territory that includes Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee and South Carolina.</p> <p>"Banyan Air Service has an outstanding reputation for providing exemplary customer satisfaction through aircraft sales and service. We are proud to have a partner who shares Honda's commitment in making customers our highest priority," said Honda Aircraft President and CEO Michimasa Fujino. "Banyan Air Service will complement and further strengthen the HondaJet dealer network."</p> <p>Banyan Air Service was established in 1979 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The company has more than 30 years' experience serving the general aviation market, and its facility is a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Aviation Safety Administration (EASA) certified repair station. The company provides 24-hour Fixed Based Operation (FBO) services as well as heavy aircraft maintenance, full avionics capabilities and turbine engine services. Banyan Air Service's maintenance division has been recognized as an FAA Diamond Award recipient, and the company is consistently ranked by the industry as one of the country's top FBOs.</p> <p>"We are excited to represent the HondaJet in the Southeast U.S.," said Banyan Air Service President Don Campion. "Banyan Air Service looks forward to providing exceptional aviation services to HondaJet customers."</p> <p><a href="http://www.hondajet.com/sales-and-support/">HondaJet dealers</a> in North America and Europe are diligently preparing for entry to service and will provide customers the quality of service expected from Honda.</p> <p>For more information about the world's most advanced light jet, visit <a href="http://www.hondajet.com">www.hondajet.com</a>.</p> <p style="text-align:center"># # #</p> <p><strong>About HondaJet<br> </strong>The HondaJet is the world's most advanced light business jet aircraft, with best-in-class advantages in performance, comfort, quality and efficiency. The HondaJet is the fastest, highest-flying, quietest and most fuel-efficient jet in its class. The HondaJet incorporates many technological innovations in aviation design, including the unique <a href="http://www.HondaJet.com/OTWEM">Over-The-Wing Engine Mount</a> (OTWEM) configuration that dramatically improves performance and fuel efficiency by reducing aerodynamic drag. The OTWEM design also reduces cabin sound, minimizes ground-detected noise, and allows for the roomiest cabin in its class, the largest baggage capacity and a fully serviceable private aft lavatory. The HondaJet is powered by two highly fuel-efficient GE Honda HF120 turbofan jet engines and is equipped with the most sophisticated glass flight deck available in any light business jet, a Honda-customized Garmin® G3000 next-generation, all-glass avionics system composed of three 14-inch landscape-format displays and dual touch-screen controllers. The HondaJet is Honda's first commercial aircraft and lives up to the company's reputation for superior performance, efficiency, quality and value.</p> <p><strong>Honda Aircraft Company<br> </strong>Honda Aircraft Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. Founded in 2006, Honda Aircraft has its heritage in more than 20 years of groundbreaking aeronautical research and development. At Honda Aircraft's world headquarters in North Carolina, the birthplace of aviation, the company's associates work in more than 600,000 square feet of state-of-the-art R&D, production, administration and customer service facilities to develop, produce, market and support the HondaJet with HondaJet dealers. The challenging spirit upon which Mr. Soichiro Honda founded Honda Motor Co., Ltd. is alive today as Honda Aircraft fulfills one of Honda's long-standing dreams to advance human mobility skyward.</p> HondaJet Thu, 14 Aug 2014 08:51:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/ee72c433-3e0e-4dc6-affc-c75a98b5bf1e http://hondanews.com/releases/ee72c433-3e0e-4dc6-affc-c75a98b5bf1e Honda Aircraft Company Announces Banyan Air Service as the HondaJet Dealer for the Southeast United States <p>Honda Aircraft Company announced today a new <a href="http://www.hondajet.com/">HondaJet</a> dealer for the Southeast United States. <a href="http://www.banyanair.com/">Banyan Air Service Inc.</a>, based at the Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport (FXE), will provide HondaJet sales and service for the eight-state territory that includes Florida, Georgia, Alabama, Mississippi, Louisiana, Arkansas, Tennessee and South Carolina.</p> <p>"Banyan Air Service has an outstanding reputation for providing exemplary customer satisfaction through aircraft sales and service. We are proud to have a partner who shares Honda's commitment in making customers our highest priority," said Honda Aircraft President and CEO Michimasa Fujino. "Banyan Air Service will complement and further strengthen the HondaJet dealer network."</p> <p>Banyan Air Service was established in 1979 in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. The company has more than 30 years' experience serving the general aviation market, and its facility is a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Aviation Safety Administration (EASA) certified repair station. The company provides 24-hour Fixed Based Operation (FBO) services as well as heavy aircraft maintenance, full avionics capabilities and turbine engine services. Banyan Air Service's maintenance division has been recognized as an FAA Diamond Award recipient, and the company is consistently ranked by the industry as one of the country's top FBOs.</p> <p>"We are excited to represent the HondaJet in the Southeast U.S.," said Banyan Air Service President Don Campion. "Banyan Air Service looks forward to providing exceptional aviation services to HondaJet customers."</p> <p><a href="http://www.hondajet.com/sales-and-support/">HondaJet dealers</a> in North America and Europe are diligently preparing for entry to service and will provide customers the quality of service expected from Honda.</p> <p>For more information about the world's most advanced light jet, visit <a href="http://www.hondajet.com">www.hondajet.com</a>.</p> <p style="text-align:center"># # #</p> <p><strong>About HondaJet<br> </strong>The HondaJet is the world's most advanced light business jet aircraft, with best-in-class advantages in performance, comfort, quality and efficiency. The HondaJet is the fastest, highest-flying, quietest and most fuel-efficient jet in its class. The HondaJet incorporates many technological innovations in aviation design, including the unique <a href="http://www.HondaJet.com/OTWEM">Over-The-Wing Engine Mount</a> (OTWEM) configuration that dramatically improves performance and fuel efficiency by reducing aerodynamic drag. The OTWEM design also reduces cabin sound, minimizes ground-detected noise, and allows for the roomiest cabin in its class, the largest baggage capacity and a fully serviceable private aft lavatory. The HondaJet is powered by two highly fuel-efficient GE Honda HF120 turbofan jet engines and is equipped with the most sophisticated glass flight deck available in any light business jet, a Honda-customized Garmin® G3000 next-generation, all-glass avionics system composed of three 14-inch landscape-format displays and dual touch-screen controllers. The HondaJet is Honda's first commercial aircraft and lives up to the company's reputation for superior performance, efficiency, quality and value.</p> <p><strong>Honda Aircraft Company<br> </strong>Honda Aircraft Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. Founded in 2006, Honda Aircraft has its heritage in more than 20 years of groundbreaking aeronautical research and development. At Honda Aircraft's world headquarters in North Carolina, the birthplace of aviation, the company's associates work in more than 600,000 square feet of state-of-the-art R&D, production, administration and customer service facilities to develop, produce, market and support the HondaJet with HondaJet dealers. The challenging spirit upon which Mr. Soichiro Honda founded Honda Motor Co., Ltd. is alive today as Honda Aircraft fulfills one of Honda's long-standing dreams to advance human mobility skyward.</p> HondaJet: First Production HondaJet Makes Public Debut at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/9379/b812/9379b812-a977-43a6-bf7a-a5698de78285-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> First Production HondaJet Makes Public Debut at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 HondaJet Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/first-production-hondajet-makes-public-debut-at-eaa-airventure-oshkosh-2014-1 http://hondanews.com/photos/first-production-hondajet-makes-public-debut-at-eaa-airventure-oshkosh-2014-1 First Production HondaJet Makes Public Debut at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/9379/b812/9379b812-a977-43a6-bf7a-a5698de78285-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> First Production HondaJet Makes Public Debut at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 HondaJet: First Production HondaJet Makes Public Debut at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/faf8/d447/faf8d447-0b96-4f54-86f0-152f40df5b97-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> First Production HondaJet Makes Public Debut at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 HondaJet Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/first-production-hondajet-makes-public-debut-at-eaa-airventure-oshkosh-2014 http://hondanews.com/photos/first-production-hondajet-makes-public-debut-at-eaa-airventure-oshkosh-2014 First Production HondaJet Makes Public Debut at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/faf8/d447/faf8d447-0b96-4f54-86f0-152f40df5b97-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> First Production HondaJet Makes Public Debut at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 HondaJet: First Production HondaJet Makes Public Debut at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 <p>The <a href="https://www.hondajet.com/news/article.aspx?ArticleType=pressrelease&CatType=news_detail_139.xml&bhcp=1" target="_blank">first production HondaJet</a> made its public debut today at <a href="http://www.eaa.org/en/airventure" target="_blank">EAA AirVenture Oshkosh</a>. Following a celebratory event commemorating the occasion, the HondaJet concluded the day with an entertaining flight demonstration during the afternoon airshow that included high- and low-speed passes. </p> <p>"EAA AirVenture Oshkosh has been the setting of several HondaJet firsts and in many ways, this event was the true beginning of Honda's aviation venture," said Honda Aircraft Company President and CEO Michimasa Fujino. "We decided to debut the first production HondaJet here as part of Honda's commitment to inspire others through the power and realization of our dreams."</p> <p>"We again welcome the impressive innovation and technology from the Honda Aircraft team, as it is a perfect fit for the world of flying ingenuity we see every year at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh," said Jack J. Pelton, EAA's chairman of the board. "It has been fascinating to watch the development of the HondaJet from its original concept to the production aircraft shown here at Oshkosh. It is a tribute to the entire Honda team that made it possible."</p> <p>The first production HondaJet will be on <a href="https://www.hondajet.com/eaa/" target="_blank">static display</a> in the Honda Aircraft Company exhibit through Friday, August 1. EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is the world's premier aviation event that attracts more than 500,000 people each year. The show runs through Sunday, August 3, and is held at Wittman Regional Airport.</p> <p>The HondaJet is the world's most advanced light jet, and its distinctive design incorporates advanced technologies and concepts. The HondaJet <a href="http://www.hondajet.com/OTWEM" target="_blank">Over-The-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM)</a> configuration, natural-laminar flow wing and fuselage nose, and composite fuselage were developed from long-term research activities. These innovations combine to make the HondaJet the <a href="http://www.hondajet.com/hondajet/performance/" target="_blank">fastest</a>, most <a href="http://www.hondajet.com/hondajet/comfort/" target="_blank">spacious</a> and most <a href="http://www.hondajet.com/hondajet/efficiency/" target="_blank">fuel-efficient</a> jet in its class.</p> <p>For more information about the world's most advanced light jet, visit <a href="http://www.hondajet.com" target="_blank">www.hondajet.com</a>.</p> <p># # #</p> <p><strong>About HondaJet</strong> <br> HondaJet is the world's most advanced light business jet aircraft, with best-in-class advantages in performance, comfort, quality and efficiency. The HondaJet is the fastest, highest-flying, quietest, and most fuel-efficient jet in its class. The HondaJet incorporates many technological innovations in aviation design, including the unique Over-The-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM) configuration that dramatically improves performance and fuel efficiency by reducing aerodynamic drag. The OTWEM design also reduces cabin sound, minimizes ground-detected noise, and allows for the roomiest cabin in its class, the largest baggage capacity, and a fully serviceable private aft lavatory. The HondaJet is powered by two highly fuel-efficient GE Honda HF120 turbofan jet engines, and is equipped with the most sophisticated glass flight deck available in any light business jet, a Honda-customized Garmin® G3000 next-generation, all-glass avionics system composed of three 14-inch landscape-format displays and dual touch-screen controllers. The HondaJet is Honda's first commercial aircraft and lives up to the company's reputation for superior performance, efficiency, quality and value. </p> <p><strong>Honda Aircraft Company</strong><br> Honda Aircraft Company, LLC., a wholly owned subsidiary of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., was founded in 2006, though has its heritage in more than 20 years of groundbreaking aeronautical research and development. At Honda Aircraft's world headquarters in North Carolina, the birthplace of aviation, the company's associates work in more than 500,000 square feet of state-of-the-art R&D, manufacturing and administration buildings to develop, produce, market and support the HondaJet with HondaJet dealers. The challenging spirit upon which Mr. Soichiro Honda founded Honda Motor Co., Ltd. is alive today as Honda Aircraft fulfills one of Honda's longstanding dreams to advance human mobility skyward.</p> <p> EDITOR'S NOTE: High-resolution photography and video are available via the <a href="https://media.haciportal.com/_login/HAC.SharePoint.MediaPortal/login.aspx?ReturnUrl=/_layouts/Authenticate.aspx?Source=/&Source=/">Honda Aircraft Company media portal</a>.</p> HondaJet Mon, 28 Jul 2014 15:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/21e5b933-8fbc-428d-96ee-cbed2e9941e2 http://hondanews.com/releases/21e5b933-8fbc-428d-96ee-cbed2e9941e2 First Production HondaJet Makes Public Debut at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 <p>The <a href="https://www.hondajet.com/news/article.aspx?ArticleType=pressrelease&CatType=news_detail_139.xml&bhcp=1" target="_blank">first production HondaJet</a> made its public debut today at <a href="http://www.eaa.org/en/airventure" target="_blank">EAA AirVenture Oshkosh</a>. Following a celebratory event commemorating the occasion, the HondaJet concluded the day with an entertaining flight demonstration during the afternoon airshow that included high- and low-speed passes. </p> <p>"EAA AirVenture Oshkosh has been the setting of several HondaJet firsts and in many ways, this event was the true beginning of Honda's aviation venture," said Honda Aircraft Company President and CEO Michimasa Fujino. "We decided to debut the first production HondaJet here as part of Honda's commitment to inspire others through the power and realization of our dreams."</p> <p>"We again welcome the impressive innovation and technology from the Honda Aircraft team, as it is a perfect fit for the world of flying ingenuity we see every year at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh," said Jack J. Pelton, EAA's chairman of the board. "It has been fascinating to watch the development of the HondaJet from its original concept to the production aircraft shown here at Oshkosh. It is a tribute to the entire Honda team that made it possible."</p> <p>The first production HondaJet will be on <a href="https://www.hondajet.com/eaa/" target="_blank">static display</a> in the Honda Aircraft Company exhibit through Friday, August 1. EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is the world's premier aviation event that attracts more than 500,000 people each year. The show runs through Sunday, August 3, and is held at Wittman Regional Airport.</p> <p>The HondaJet is the world's most advanced light jet, and its distinctive design incorporates advanced technologies and concepts. The HondaJet <a href="http://www.hondajet.com/OTWEM" target="_blank">Over-The-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM)</a> configuration, natural-laminar flow wing and fuselage nose, and composite fuselage were developed from long-term research activities. These innovations combine to make the HondaJet the <a href="http://www.hondajet.com/hondajet/performance/" target="_blank">fastest</a>, most <a href="http://www.hondajet.com/hondajet/comfort/" target="_blank">spacious</a> and most <a href="http://www.hondajet.com/hondajet/efficiency/" target="_blank">fuel-efficient</a> jet in its class.</p> <p>For more information about the world's most advanced light jet, visit <a href="http://www.hondajet.com" target="_blank">www.hondajet.com</a>.</p> <p># # #</p> <p><strong>About HondaJet</strong> <br> HondaJet is the world's most advanced light business jet aircraft, with best-in-class advantages in performance, comfort, quality and efficiency. The HondaJet is the fastest, highest-flying, quietest, and most fuel-efficient jet in its class. The HondaJet incorporates many technological innovations in aviation design, including the unique Over-The-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM) configuration that dramatically improves performance and fuel efficiency by reducing aerodynamic drag. The OTWEM design also reduces cabin sound, minimizes ground-detected noise, and allows for the roomiest cabin in its class, the largest baggage capacity, and a fully serviceable private aft lavatory. The HondaJet is powered by two highly fuel-efficient GE Honda HF120 turbofan jet engines, and is equipped with the most sophisticated glass flight deck available in any light business jet, a Honda-customized Garmin® G3000 next-generation, all-glass avionics system composed of three 14-inch landscape-format displays and dual touch-screen controllers. The HondaJet is Honda's first commercial aircraft and lives up to the company's reputation for superior performance, efficiency, quality and value. </p> <p><strong>Honda Aircraft Company</strong><br> Honda Aircraft Company, LLC., a wholly owned subsidiary of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., was founded in 2006, though has its heritage in more than 20 years of groundbreaking aeronautical research and development. At Honda Aircraft's world headquarters in North Carolina, the birthplace of aviation, the company's associates work in more than 500,000 square feet of state-of-the-art R&D, manufacturing and administration buildings to develop, produce, market and support the HondaJet with HondaJet dealers. The challenging spirit upon which Mr. Soichiro Honda founded Honda Motor Co., Ltd. is alive today as Honda Aircraft fulfills one of Honda's longstanding dreams to advance human mobility skyward.</p> <p> EDITOR'S NOTE: High-resolution photography and video are available via the <a href="https://media.haciportal.com/_login/HAC.SharePoint.MediaPortal/login.aspx?ReturnUrl=/_layouts/Authenticate.aspx?Source=/&Source=/">Honda Aircraft Company media portal</a>.</p> HondaJet: First Production HondaJet Takes to the Skies <p>Honda Aircraft Company announced today that the first production <a href="http://www.hondajet.com" target="_blank">HondaJet</a> achieved its initial flight, marking another milestone toward aircraft certification and entry into service in 2015. The event took place at the company's world headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina.</p> <p>"With this first flight, the HondaJet program has entered the next exciting phase as we prepare for delivery," said Honda Aircraft Company President and CEO Michimasa Fujino. "Today's celebration is the culmination of extensive engineering and production efforts, and this is an important achievement in bringing the world's most advanced light jet to market." </p> <p>The first production aircraft lifted off from the Piedmont Triad International Airport (KGSO) at 10:18 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time. During the 84-minute flight, the aircraft climbed to 15,500 feet and reached a speed of 348 Knots True Airspeed (KTAS). Following a smooth landing, the aircraft and its crew were greeted by more than 1,000 Honda Aircraft team members to commemorate the milestone.</p> <p>The aircraft was flown by test pilot Warren Gould, pilot-in-command. The crew completed several checks during the flight including low and high speed handling characteristics, avionics and system functionality including landing gear, flaps and speed brake operations. </p> <p>This aircraft is finished in the new signature HondaJet paint scheme in a deep green pearl with a gold stripe. The new color introduction is in addition to four exterior color options available to customers, which also include silver, red, yellow and blue. </p> <p>Aircraft production continues its steady pace in advance of entry into service. This steady build-up supports the company's objective to have aircraft ready for delivery immediately after Federal Aviation Administration type certification is achieved. The HondaJet will be single-pilot certified and is currently offered for sale in North America and Europe through the <a href="http://www.hondajet.com/sales-and-support/" target="_blank">HondaJet dealer network</a>. </p> <p>The HondaJet is the world's most advanced light jet, and its distinctive design incorporates advanced technologies and concepts. The HondaJet patented <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PccpO64gPEo" target="_blank">Over-The-Wing Engine Mount</a> (OTWEM) configuration, natural laminar flow wing, and composite fuselage were developed from long-term research activities. These<a href="http://www.hondajet.com/OTWEM" target="_blank"> innovations</a> combine to make the HondaJet the fastest, most spacious and most fuel-efficient jet in its class. </p> <p>The HondaJet flies at a maximum cruise speed of 420 knots (483 mph) and has a maximum altitude of 43,000 feet. The aircraft seats up to five passengers in a standard configuration and can travel at an NBAA IFR range of 1,180 nautical miles (1,357 miles). </p> <p>For more information on the world's most advanced light jet, visit <a href="http://www.HondaJet.com" target="_blank">www.HondaJet.com</a>.</p> <p><strong>About HondaJet</strong> <br> The HondaJet is the world's most advanced light business jet aircraft, with best-in-class advantages in performance, comfort, quality and efficiency. The HondaJet is the fastest, highest-flying, quietest, and most fuel-efficient jet in its class. The HondaJet incorporates many technological innovations in aviation design, including the unique <a href="http://www.HondaJet.com/OTWEM" target="_blank">Over-The-Wing Engine Mount</a> (OTWEM) configuration that dramatically improves performance and fuel efficiency by reducing aerodynamic drag. The OTWEM design also reduces cabin sound, minimizes ground-detected noise, and allows for the roomiest cabin in its class, the largest baggage capacity, and a fully serviceable private aft lavatory. The HondaJet is powered by two highly fuel-efficient GE Honda HF120 turbofan jet engines, and is equipped with the most sophisticated glass flight deck available in any light business jet, a Honda-customized Garmin® G3000 next-generation, all-glass avionics system composed of three 14-inch landscape-format displays and dual touch-screen controllers. The HondaJet is Honda's first commercial aircraft and lives up to the company's reputation for superior performance, efficiency, quality and value.</p> <p><strong>Honda Aircraft Company</strong><br> Honda Aircraft Company, LLC, is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. Founded in 2006, Honda Aircraft has its heritage in more than 20 years of groundbreaking aeronautical research and development. At Honda Aircraft's world headquarters in North Carolina, the birthplace of aviation, the company's associates work in more than 600,000 square feet of state-of-the-art R&D, production, administration and customer service facilities to develop, produce, market and support the HondaJet with HondaJet dealers. The challenging spirit upon which Mr. Soichiro Honda founded Honda Motor Co., Ltd. is alive today as Honda Aircraft fulfills one of Honda's longstanding dreams to advance human mobility skyward.</p> <p> </p> <p align="center"># # #</p> HondaJet Fri, 27 Jun 2014 21:08:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/790b563f-1b92-4bbd-9cda-ebd408177d49 http://hondanews.com/releases/790b563f-1b92-4bbd-9cda-ebd408177d49 First Production HondaJet Takes to the Skies <p>Honda Aircraft Company announced today that the first production <a href="http://www.hondajet.com" target="_blank">HondaJet</a> achieved its initial flight, marking another milestone toward aircraft certification and entry into service in 2015. The event took place at the company's world headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina.</p> <p>"With this first flight, the HondaJet program has entered the next exciting phase as we prepare for delivery," said Honda Aircraft Company President and CEO Michimasa Fujino. "Today's celebration is the culmination of extensive engineering and production efforts, and this is an important achievement in bringing the world's most advanced light jet to market." </p> <p>The first production aircraft lifted off from the Piedmont Triad International Airport (KGSO) at 10:18 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time. During the 84-minute flight, the aircraft climbed to 15,500 feet and reached a speed of 348 Knots True Airspeed (KTAS). Following a smooth landing, the aircraft and its crew were greeted by more than 1,000 Honda Aircraft team members to commemorate the milestone.</p> <p>The aircraft was flown by test pilot Warren Gould, pilot-in-command. The crew completed several checks during the flight including low and high speed handling characteristics, avionics and system functionality including landing gear, flaps and speed brake operations. </p> <p>This aircraft is finished in the new signature HondaJet paint scheme in a deep green pearl with a gold stripe. The new color introduction is in addition to four exterior color options available to customers, which also include silver, red, yellow and blue. </p> <p>Aircraft production continues its steady pace in advance of entry into service. This steady build-up supports the company's objective to have aircraft ready for delivery immediately after Federal Aviation Administration type certification is achieved. The HondaJet will be single-pilot certified and is currently offered for sale in North America and Europe through the <a href="http://www.hondajet.com/sales-and-support/" target="_blank">HondaJet dealer network</a>. </p> <p>The HondaJet is the world's most advanced light jet, and its distinctive design incorporates advanced technologies and concepts. The HondaJet patented <a href="https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PccpO64gPEo" target="_blank">Over-The-Wing Engine Mount</a> (OTWEM) configuration, natural laminar flow wing, and composite fuselage were developed from long-term research activities. These<a href="http://www.hondajet.com/OTWEM" target="_blank"> innovations</a> combine to make the HondaJet the fastest, most spacious and most fuel-efficient jet in its class. </p> <p>The HondaJet flies at a maximum cruise speed of 420 knots (483 mph) and has a maximum altitude of 43,000 feet. The aircraft seats up to five passengers in a standard configuration and can travel at an NBAA IFR range of 1,180 nautical miles (1,357 miles). </p> <p>For more information on the world's most advanced light jet, visit <a href="http://www.HondaJet.com" target="_blank">www.HondaJet.com</a>.</p> <p><strong>About HondaJet</strong> <br> The HondaJet is the world's most advanced light business jet aircraft, with best-in-class advantages in performance, comfort, quality and efficiency. The HondaJet is the fastest, highest-flying, quietest, and most fuel-efficient jet in its class. The HondaJet incorporates many technological innovations in aviation design, including the unique <a href="http://www.HondaJet.com/OTWEM" target="_blank">Over-The-Wing Engine Mount</a> (OTWEM) configuration that dramatically improves performance and fuel efficiency by reducing aerodynamic drag. The OTWEM design also reduces cabin sound, minimizes ground-detected noise, and allows for the roomiest cabin in its class, the largest baggage capacity, and a fully serviceable private aft lavatory. The HondaJet is powered by two highly fuel-efficient GE Honda HF120 turbofan jet engines, and is equipped with the most sophisticated glass flight deck available in any light business jet, a Honda-customized Garmin® G3000 next-generation, all-glass avionics system composed of three 14-inch landscape-format displays and dual touch-screen controllers. The HondaJet is Honda's first commercial aircraft and lives up to the company's reputation for superior performance, efficiency, quality and value.</p> <p><strong>Honda Aircraft Company</strong><br> Honda Aircraft Company, LLC, is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. Founded in 2006, Honda Aircraft has its heritage in more than 20 years of groundbreaking aeronautical research and development. At Honda Aircraft's world headquarters in North Carolina, the birthplace of aviation, the company's associates work in more than 600,000 square feet of state-of-the-art R&D, production, administration and customer service facilities to develop, produce, market and support the HondaJet with HondaJet dealers. The challenging spirit upon which Mr. Soichiro Honda founded Honda Motor Co., Ltd. is alive today as Honda Aircraft fulfills one of Honda's longstanding dreams to advance human mobility skyward.</p> <p> </p> <p align="center"># # #</p> HondaJet: First Production HondaJet Takes to the Skies <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/15fb/427a/15fb427a-bc45-4bdd-ac99-8f4356daf2a4-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> First Production HondaJet Takes to the Skies HondaJet Fri, 27 Jun 2014 21:06:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/first-production-hondajet-takes-to-the-skies-1 http://hondanews.com/photos/first-production-hondajet-takes-to-the-skies-1 First Production HondaJet Takes to the Skies <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/15fb/427a/15fb427a-bc45-4bdd-ac99-8f4356daf2a4-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> First Production HondaJet Takes to the Skies HondaJet: First Production HondaJet Takes to the Skies <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/79cf/c76d/79cfc76d-fecb-4352-b6ff-22b1611d6fee-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> First Production HondaJet Takes to the Skies HondaJet Fri, 27 Jun 2014 21:04:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/first-production-hondajet-takes-to-the-skies http://hondanews.com/photos/first-production-hondajet-takes-to-the-skies First Production HondaJet Takes to the Skies <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/79cf/c76d/79cfc76d-fecb-4352-b6ff-22b1611d6fee-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> First Production HondaJet Takes to the Skies HondaJet: HondaJet Fleet with First Production Aircraft <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/88d8/4102/88d84102-eb64-4df0-97ee-71ade4594467-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> HondaJet Fleet with First Production Aircraft HondaJet Mon, 19 May 2014 04:49:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/hondajet-fleet-with-first-production-aircraft http://hondanews.com/photos/hondajet-fleet-with-first-production-aircraft HondaJet Fleet with First Production Aircraft <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/88d8/4102/88d84102-eb64-4df0-97ee-71ade4594467-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> HondaJet Fleet with First Production Aircraft HondaJet: HondaJet Assembly Line <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/d7d5/2ca8/d7d52ca8-071d-484b-bbea-c9598994e9d8-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> HondaJet Assembly Line HondaJet Mon, 19 May 2014 04:46:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/hondajet-assembly-line http://hondanews.com/photos/hondajet-assembly-line HondaJet Assembly Line <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/d7d5/2ca8/d7d52ca8-071d-484b-bbea-c9598994e9d8-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> HondaJet Assembly Line HondaJet: Production Progressing as Honda Aircraft Prepares for HondaJet Entry Into Service <p>Honda Aircraft Company announced today several achievements and milestones in the development of the <a href="http://www.hondajet.com/" target="_blank">HondaJet</a> during a press conference at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland. The company revealed the first production HondaJet. The aircraft is ready for ground tests and features a new paint scheme, a deep pearl green with a gold stripe. The company also shared its progress in preparation for HondaJet entry into service. </p> <p>"Honda Aircraft Company's most important goals are achieving Federal Aviation Administration Type Certification and delivering the first customer aircraft," said Honda Aircraft Company President and CEO Michimasa Fujino. "Our total effort is focused on reaching these much anticipated milestones in the first quarter of 2015." <strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>First Production HondaJet Debuts With New Color </strong><br> The first production aircraft is in final assembly with the first set of production GE Honda HF120 engines recently delivered to Honda Aircraft. The engines have been installed, and Honda Aircraft will soon begin conducting ground tests on the airplane. Its first flight is anticipated this summer. The aircraft debuts a new exterior paint scheme in a deep pearl green with a gold stripe. With its debut, all five exterior color options are represented in the HondaJet fleet. The deep green finish will be offered in addition to the vibrant silver, red, yellow and blue exterior colors currently available to appeal to a variety of customer preferences. </p> <p><strong>Production Readies for Deliveries</strong><br> HondaJet production continues its steady pace in advance of entry into service with nine aircraft on the final assembly line. Four aircraft have been mated to their wings and empennages, and production is on schedule to have 10 aircraft on the final assembly line in June. This steady build up supports Honda Aircraft Company's objective to have aircraft ready for delivery immediately after type certification is achieved next year. </p> <p>"The HondaJet production line is maturing with efficient and robust processes in place to build high quality aircraft," said Fujino. "From handheld tablets that deliver worker instructions to an automatic guided cart to pick up and deliver parts, we continue to integrate the latest technology into our production process to create an efficient workflow."  </p> <p><strong>Certification and Testing</strong><br> Following the FAA's issuance of Type Inspection Authorization (TIA) for the HondaJet, the program has begun testing with FAA pilot participation. Several certification tests by FAA pilots were conducted under this final phase. Examples are:   </p> <ul> <li>Stall speed, stall characteristics and stall warning system: Tests were conducted under various flight conditions. During testing, the stall warning system (stick shaker attached to the yoke) and stall protection system (stick pusher that provides automatic stall recovery) were evaluated. Cockpit indications for airspeed, altitude and ambient temperature were also validated.</li> <li>Wheels, tires and brake control system tests: Normal anti-skid brake control systems were evaluated in both wet and dry runway conditions. Emergency brake system testing also demonstrated aircraft braking capability during degraded system operations.<u></u></li> <li>Flap actuation system and speed brake operation throughout the flight envelope: Testing demonstrated aircraft flap and speed brake operation at limit speeds and maximum load factor.</li> <li>Hydraulic system control tests were conducted during normal, abnormal and degraded operations: The hydraulic system was demonstrated at the maximum operating altitude and after extended periods of high-altitude cold soaking. <u></u></li> <li>In-flight fire suppression system: This testing was conducted at critical flight conditions for both speed and temperature. <u></u></li> </ul> <p>FAA Full-Scale Fatigue Testing: The ground structural test program has completed more than 2,000 cycles so far in advance of entry into service. This is equivalent to more than five years of use for typical business jet operators. Testing examined the airframe's fatigue strength under simulated in-flight operations derived from theoretical load spectra and mission profiles. The tests evaluated the effects of vertical and lateral maneuvers; vertical and lateral gust; landing; taxi; Ground-Air-Ground (GAG) and fuselage pressure cycle on the aircraft. This testing was conducted at Honda Aircraft Company's R&D facility in Greensboro, N.C., using a sophisticated structural test system that can simultaneously operate 73 hydraulic actuators and cabin pressurization in a closed loop digital control system using force, pressure or displacement as the feedback parameters. </p> <p><strong>Major Industry Supplier to Participate in the HondaJet Program</strong><br> Honda Aircraft Company also announced at EBACE that Fokker Aerostructures will supply the empennage structure for the HondaJet. Fokker was selected based on its expertise in the manufacturing of tail sections for business jets with a global supply chain network. </p> <p>Headquartered in Papendrecht, the Netherlands, Fokker Technologies operates facilities in the United States, Mexico, Canada, Romania, Turkey, Singapore and China. The company provides a range of integrated aerospace systems and services to top commercial and business aviation manufacturers worldwide.  </p> <p><strong>The HondaJet Ownership Experience: Flight and Maintenance Training</strong><br> Honda Aircraft is putting significant effort and investment into pilot and maintenance training for customers. Working with FlightSafety International, Honda Aircraft is currently developing flight and maintenance training curriculums with maintenance training classes scheduled to begin later this year in Greensboro, N.C. The first flight simulator for flight training is complete and software integration is underway. Flight training with this simulator will include type rating and recurrent pilot training programs for both single and multi-crew operations. Training will be provided at Honda Aircraft Company's world headquarters and will start before entry into service.</p> <p><strong>Continued Company Growth — More Than 1,000 People Working at Honda Aircraft </strong><br> Honda Aircraft marked a significant milestone earlier this year with its 1,000th team member joining the company. The company's growing workforce represents more than 43 countries and reflects the aviation industry's top talent in engineering, manufacturing, sales and service.</p> <p>"Honda Aircraft Company, along with our worldwide network of dealers and suppliers, are working together to support a seamless transition to customers," said Fujino. "Our goal is to have everything ready before the first delivery. We are committed through our network to deliver the best ownership experience from day one."</p> <p>For more information about the HondaJet, the world's most advanced light jet, visit <a href="http://www.HondaJet.com" target="_blank">www.HondaJet.com</a>.</p> <p># # #</p> <p><strong>About HondaJet</strong> <br> The HondaJet is the world's most advanced light business jet aircraft, with best-in-class advantages in performance, comfort, quality and efficiency. The HondaJet is the fastest, highest-flying, quietest, and most fuel-efficient jet in its class. The HondaJet incorporates many technological innovations in aviation design, including the unique Over-The-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM) configuration that dramatically improves performance and fuel efficiency by reducing aerodynamic drag. The OTWEM design also reduces cabin sound, minimizes ground-detected noise, and allows for the roomiest cabin in its class, the largest baggage capacity, and a fully serviceable private aft lavatory. The HondaJet is powered by two highly fuel-efficient GE Honda HF120 turbofan jet engines, and is equipped with the most sophisticated glass flight deck available in any light business jet, a Honda-customized Garmin® G3000 next-generation, all-glass avionics system composed of three 14-inch landscape-format displays and dual touch-screen controllers. The HondaJet is Honda's first commercial aircraft and lives up to the company's reputation for superior performance, efficiency, quality and value. </p> <p><strong>Honda Aircraft Company</strong><br> Honda Aircraft Company, LLC, is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. Founded in 2006, Honda Aircraft has its heritage in more than 20 years of groundbreaking aeronautical research and development. At Honda Aircraft's world headquarters in North Carolina, the birthplace of aviation, the company's associates work in more than 600,000 square feet of state-of-the-art R&D, production, administration and customer service facilities to develop, produce, market and support the HondaJet with HondaJet dealers. The challenging spirit upon which Mr. Soichiro Honda founded Honda Motor Co., Ltd. is alive today as Honda Aircraft fulfills one of Honda's longstanding dreams to advance human mobility skyward.</p> HondaJet Mon, 19 May 2014 02:30:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/14bee1a8-c9e8-49e4-b02d-bf30240c0139 http://hondanews.com/releases/14bee1a8-c9e8-49e4-b02d-bf30240c0139 Production Progressing as Honda Aircraft Prepares for HondaJet Entry Into Service <p>Honda Aircraft Company announced today several achievements and milestones in the development of the <a href="http://www.hondajet.com/" target="_blank">HondaJet</a> during a press conference at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland. The company revealed the first production HondaJet. The aircraft is ready for ground tests and features a new paint scheme, a deep pearl green with a gold stripe. The company also shared its progress in preparation for HondaJet entry into service. </p> <p>"Honda Aircraft Company's most important goals are achieving Federal Aviation Administration Type Certification and delivering the first customer aircraft," said Honda Aircraft Company President and CEO Michimasa Fujino. "Our total effort is focused on reaching these much anticipated milestones in the first quarter of 2015." <strong> </strong></p> <p><strong>First Production HondaJet Debuts With New Color </strong><br> The first production aircraft is in final assembly with the first set of production GE Honda HF120 engines recently delivered to Honda Aircraft. The engines have been installed, and Honda Aircraft will soon begin conducting ground tests on the airplane. Its first flight is anticipated this summer. The aircraft debuts a new exterior paint scheme in a deep pearl green with a gold stripe. With its debut, all five exterior color options are represented in the HondaJet fleet. The deep green finish will be offered in addition to the vibrant silver, red, yellow and blue exterior colors currently available to appeal to a variety of customer preferences. </p> <p><strong>Production Readies for Deliveries</strong><br> HondaJet production continues its steady pace in advance of entry into service with nine aircraft on the final assembly line. Four aircraft have been mated to their wings and empennages, and production is on schedule to have 10 aircraft on the final assembly line in June. This steady build up supports Honda Aircraft Company's objective to have aircraft ready for delivery immediately after type certification is achieved next year. </p> <p>"The HondaJet production line is maturing with efficient and robust processes in place to build high quality aircraft," said Fujino. "From handheld tablets that deliver worker instructions to an automatic guided cart to pick up and deliver parts, we continue to integrate the latest technology into our production process to create an efficient workflow."  </p> <p><strong>Certification and Testing</strong><br> Following the FAA's issuance of Type Inspection Authorization (TIA) for the HondaJet, the program has begun testing with FAA pilot participation. Several certification tests by FAA pilots were conducted under this final phase. Examples are:   </p> <ul> <li>Stall speed, stall characteristics and stall warning system: Tests were conducted under various flight conditions. During testing, the stall warning system (stick shaker attached to the yoke) and stall protection system (stick pusher that provides automatic stall recovery) were evaluated. Cockpit indications for airspeed, altitude and ambient temperature were also validated.</li> <li>Wheels, tires and brake control system tests: Normal anti-skid brake control systems were evaluated in both wet and dry runway conditions. Emergency brake system testing also demonstrated aircraft braking capability during degraded system operations.<u></u></li> <li>Flap actuation system and speed brake operation throughout the flight envelope: Testing demonstrated aircraft flap and speed brake operation at limit speeds and maximum load factor.</li> <li>Hydraulic system control tests were conducted during normal, abnormal and degraded operations: The hydraulic system was demonstrated at the maximum operating altitude and after extended periods of high-altitude cold soaking. <u></u></li> <li>In-flight fire suppression system: This testing was conducted at critical flight conditions for both speed and temperature. <u></u></li> </ul> <p>FAA Full-Scale Fatigue Testing: The ground structural test program has completed more than 2,000 cycles so far in advance of entry into service. This is equivalent to more than five years of use for typical business jet operators. Testing examined the airframe's fatigue strength under simulated in-flight operations derived from theoretical load spectra and mission profiles. The tests evaluated the effects of vertical and lateral maneuvers; vertical and lateral gust; landing; taxi; Ground-Air-Ground (GAG) and fuselage pressure cycle on the aircraft. This testing was conducted at Honda Aircraft Company's R&D facility in Greensboro, N.C., using a sophisticated structural test system that can simultaneously operate 73 hydraulic actuators and cabin pressurization in a closed loop digital control system using force, pressure or displacement as the feedback parameters. </p> <p><strong>Major Industry Supplier to Participate in the HondaJet Program</strong><br> Honda Aircraft Company also announced at EBACE that Fokker Aerostructures will supply the empennage structure for the HondaJet. Fokker was selected based on its expertise in the manufacturing of tail sections for business jets with a global supply chain network. </p> <p>Headquartered in Papendrecht, the Netherlands, Fokker Technologies operates facilities in the United States, Mexico, Canada, Romania, Turkey, Singapore and China. The company provides a range of integrated aerospace systems and services to top commercial and business aviation manufacturers worldwide.  </p> <p><strong>The HondaJet Ownership Experience: Flight and Maintenance Training</strong><br> Honda Aircraft is putting significant effort and investment into pilot and maintenance training for customers. Working with FlightSafety International, Honda Aircraft is currently developing flight and maintenance training curriculums with maintenance training classes scheduled to begin later this year in Greensboro, N.C. The first flight simulator for flight training is complete and software integration is underway. Flight training with this simulator will include type rating and recurrent pilot training programs for both single and multi-crew operations. Training will be provided at Honda Aircraft Company's world headquarters and will start before entry into service.</p> <p><strong>Continued Company Growth — More Than 1,000 People Working at Honda Aircraft </strong><br> Honda Aircraft marked a significant milestone earlier this year with its 1,000th team member joining the company. The company's growing workforce represents more than 43 countries and reflects the aviation industry's top talent in engineering, manufacturing, sales and service.</p> <p>"Honda Aircraft Company, along with our worldwide network of dealers and suppliers, are working together to support a seamless transition to customers," said Fujino. "Our goal is to have everything ready before the first delivery. We are committed through our network to deliver the best ownership experience from day one."</p> <p>For more information about the HondaJet, the world's most advanced light jet, visit <a href="http://www.HondaJet.com" target="_blank">www.HondaJet.com</a>.</p> <p># # #</p> <p><strong>About HondaJet</strong> <br> The HondaJet is the world's most advanced light business jet aircraft, with best-in-class advantages in performance, comfort, quality and efficiency. The HondaJet is the fastest, highest-flying, quietest, and most fuel-efficient jet in its class. The HondaJet incorporates many technological innovations in aviation design, including the unique Over-The-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM) configuration that dramatically improves performance and fuel efficiency by reducing aerodynamic drag. The OTWEM design also reduces cabin sound, minimizes ground-detected noise, and allows for the roomiest cabin in its class, the largest baggage capacity, and a fully serviceable private aft lavatory. The HondaJet is powered by two highly fuel-efficient GE Honda HF120 turbofan jet engines, and is equipped with the most sophisticated glass flight deck available in any light business jet, a Honda-customized Garmin® G3000 next-generation, all-glass avionics system composed of three 14-inch landscape-format displays and dual touch-screen controllers. The HondaJet is Honda's first commercial aircraft and lives up to the company's reputation for superior performance, efficiency, quality and value. </p> <p><strong>Honda Aircraft Company</strong><br> Honda Aircraft Company, LLC, is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. Founded in 2006, Honda Aircraft has its heritage in more than 20 years of groundbreaking aeronautical research and development. At Honda Aircraft's world headquarters in North Carolina, the birthplace of aviation, the company's associates work in more than 600,000 square feet of state-of-the-art R&D, production, administration and customer service facilities to develop, produce, market and support the HondaJet with HondaJet dealers. The challenging spirit upon which Mr. Soichiro Honda founded Honda Motor Co., Ltd. is alive today as Honda Aircraft fulfills one of Honda's longstanding dreams to advance human mobility skyward.</p> HondaJet: HondaJet Achieves FAA Type Inspection Authorization; Honda Aircraft Company's Customer Service Facility Receives FAA Part 145 Certification <p>Honda Aircraft Company announced today two significant milestones in the development of the world's most advanced light jet. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued the first Type Inspection Authorization (TIA) certificate for the <a href="http://www.hondajet.com/">HondaJet</a> and has certified Honda Aircraft Company's customer service facility as a Part 145 repair station. </p> <p><strong>FAA grants HondaJet Type Inspection Authorization</strong><br> "Achieving FAA Type Inspection Authorization is a tremendous milestone for the HondaJet program and a significant step toward type certification," said Michimasa Fujino, president and CEO of Honda Aircraft Company. "We have successfully demonstrated through ground and flight testing that the HondaJet will meet certification requirements. We are now ready to begin the final stage of certification flight testing with FAA pilot participation."</p> <p>Type Inspection Authorization is a pivotal point in the development and certification of a new aircraft. It signifies that the HondaJet meets type design requirements and is ready for FAA pilots to perform onboard flight tests required for certification. Nose-to-tail FAA review during this final testing phase will pave the way for HondaJet type certification and the first deliveries to HondaJet customers. </p> <p>"We have been working closely with the FAA to finalize our certification schedule for the HondaJet," said Fujino. "Based on the recent FAA type certification of the HF120 turbofan engine and this TIA milestone achievement, we can expect aircraft type certification in the first quarter of 2015 with deliveries following immediately after."</p> <p><strong>Customer Service Facility Receives FAA Part 145 Certification</strong><br> "FAA certification of the customer service facility is a significant accomplishment and a key component of our goal to provide unsurpassed customer service and support from day one," said Fujino. "I am proud that we could achieve this additional milestone in 2013."</p> <p>The Honda Aircraft customer service facility is located at the company's world headquarters at the Piedmont Triad International Airport (KGSO) in Greensboro, N.C. Facility aircraft repair and service capabilities under the FAA Part 145 certificate will initially include component-level repairs and will then expand in 2014 to include heavy aircraft maintenance and major repair services to complement the HondaJet dealer network.</p> <p>The customer service facility opened in <a href="http://hondajet.honda.com/news/article.aspx?ArticleType=pressrelease&CatType=news_detail_133.xml&bhcp=1">October 2013</a> as an expansion of the company's world headquarters that also includes state-of-the art R&D, headquarters and production facilities. The facility serves as a corporate base for the company's customer service organization. In addition to heavy aircraft maintenance and major repair and overhaul work, the customer service team will provide warranty administration; service programs sales and administration; provide 24/7 technical support and training; and develop technical publications from the facility. </p> <p>"The HondaJet program's momentum is quickly building as we continue to reach and achieve milestones in our dream to bring the world's most advanced light jet to market," said Fujino. "We are looking forward to an exciting and challenging 2014."</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="http://www.HondaJet.com">www.HondaJet.com</a>.</p> <p align="center">###</p> <p><strong>About HondaJet</strong> <br> HondaJet is the world's most advanced light business jet aircraft, with best-in-class advantages in performance, comfort, quality and efficiency. The HondaJet is the fastest, highest-flying, quietest, and most fuel-efficient jet in its class. The HondaJet incorporates many technological innovations in aviation design, including the unique Over-The-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM) configuration that dramatically improves performance and fuel efficiency by reducing aerodynamic drag. The OTWEM design also reduces cabin sound, minimizes ground-detected noise, and allows for the roomiest cabin in its class, the largest baggage capacity, and a fully serviceable private aft lavatory. The HondaJet is powered by two highly fuel-efficient GE Honda HF120 turbofan jet engines, and is equipped with the most sophisticated glass flight deck available in any light business jet, a Honda-customized Garmin® G3000 next-generation, all-glass avionics system composed of three 14-inch landscape-format displays and dual touch-screen controllers. The HondaJet is Honda's first commercial aircraft and lives up to the company's reputation for superior performance, efficiency, quality and value. </p> <p><strong>Honda Aircraft Company</strong><br> Honda Aircraft Company, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., was founded in 2006, though has its heritage in more than 20 years of groundbreaking aeronautical research and development. At Honda Aircraft's world headquarters in North Carolina, the birthplace of aviation, the company's associates work in more than 600,000 square feet of state-of-the-art R&D, production, administration and customer service facilities to develop, produce, market and support the HondaJet with HondaJet dealers. The challenging spirit upon which Mr. Soichiro Honda founded Honda Motor Co., Ltd. is alive today as Honda Aircraft fulfills one of Honda's longstanding dreams to advance human mobility skyward.</p> HondaJet Fri, 20 Dec 2013 15:22:00 -0800 http://hondanews.com/releases/612489ea-dfce-4aa7-8cbf-75bb6f72b187 http://hondanews.com/releases/612489ea-dfce-4aa7-8cbf-75bb6f72b187 HondaJet Achieves FAA Type Inspection Authorization; Honda Aircraft Company's Customer Service Facility Receives FAA Part 145 Certification <p>Honda Aircraft Company announced today two significant milestones in the development of the world's most advanced light jet. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has issued the first Type Inspection Authorization (TIA) certificate for the <a href="http://www.hondajet.com/">HondaJet</a> and has certified Honda Aircraft Company's customer service facility as a Part 145 repair station. </p> <p><strong>FAA grants HondaJet Type Inspection Authorization</strong><br> "Achieving FAA Type Inspection Authorization is a tremendous milestone for the HondaJet program and a significant step toward type certification," said Michimasa Fujino, president and CEO of Honda Aircraft Company. "We have successfully demonstrated through ground and flight testing that the HondaJet will meet certification requirements. We are now ready to begin the final stage of certification flight testing with FAA pilot participation."</p> <p>Type Inspection Authorization is a pivotal point in the development and certification of a new aircraft. It signifies that the HondaJet meets type design requirements and is ready for FAA pilots to perform onboard flight tests required for certification. Nose-to-tail FAA review during this final testing phase will pave the way for HondaJet type certification and the first deliveries to HondaJet customers. </p> <p>"We have been working closely with the FAA to finalize our certification schedule for the HondaJet," said Fujino. "Based on the recent FAA type certification of the HF120 turbofan engine and this TIA milestone achievement, we can expect aircraft type certification in the first quarter of 2015 with deliveries following immediately after."</p> <p><strong>Customer Service Facility Receives FAA Part 145 Certification</strong><br> "FAA certification of the customer service facility is a significant accomplishment and a key component of our goal to provide unsurpassed customer service and support from day one," said Fujino. "I am proud that we could achieve this additional milestone in 2013."</p> <p>The Honda Aircraft customer service facility is located at the company's world headquarters at the Piedmont Triad International Airport (KGSO) in Greensboro, N.C. Facility aircraft repair and service capabilities under the FAA Part 145 certificate will initially include component-level repairs and will then expand in 2014 to include heavy aircraft maintenance and major repair services to complement the HondaJet dealer network.</p> <p>The customer service facility opened in <a href="http://hondajet.honda.com/news/article.aspx?ArticleType=pressrelease&CatType=news_detail_133.xml&bhcp=1">October 2013</a> as an expansion of the company's world headquarters that also includes state-of-the art R&D, headquarters and production facilities. The facility serves as a corporate base for the company's customer service organization. In addition to heavy aircraft maintenance and major repair and overhaul work, the customer service team will provide warranty administration; service programs sales and administration; provide 24/7 technical support and training; and develop technical publications from the facility. </p> <p>"The HondaJet program's momentum is quickly building as we continue to reach and achieve milestones in our dream to bring the world's most advanced light jet to market," said Fujino. "We are looking forward to an exciting and challenging 2014."</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="http://www.HondaJet.com">www.HondaJet.com</a>.</p> <p align="center">###</p> <p><strong>About HondaJet</strong> <br> HondaJet is the world's most advanced light business jet aircraft, with best-in-class advantages in performance, comfort, quality and efficiency. The HondaJet is the fastest, highest-flying, quietest, and most fuel-efficient jet in its class. The HondaJet incorporates many technological innovations in aviation design, including the unique Over-The-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM) configuration that dramatically improves performance and fuel efficiency by reducing aerodynamic drag. The OTWEM design also reduces cabin sound, minimizes ground-detected noise, and allows for the roomiest cabin in its class, the largest baggage capacity, and a fully serviceable private aft lavatory. The HondaJet is powered by two highly fuel-efficient GE Honda HF120 turbofan jet engines, and is equipped with the most sophisticated glass flight deck available in any light business jet, a Honda-customized Garmin® G3000 next-generation, all-glass avionics system composed of three 14-inch landscape-format displays and dual touch-screen controllers. The HondaJet is Honda's first commercial aircraft and lives up to the company's reputation for superior performance, efficiency, quality and value. </p> <p><strong>Honda Aircraft Company</strong><br> Honda Aircraft Company, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., was founded in 2006, though has its heritage in more than 20 years of groundbreaking aeronautical research and development. At Honda Aircraft's world headquarters in North Carolina, the birthplace of aviation, the company's associates work in more than 600,000 square feet of state-of-the-art R&D, production, administration and customer service facilities to develop, produce, market and support the HondaJet with HondaJet dealers. The challenging spirit upon which Mr. Soichiro Honda founded Honda Motor Co., Ltd. is alive today as Honda Aircraft fulfills one of Honda's longstanding dreams to advance human mobility skyward.</p> HondaJet: HondaJet Achieves FAA Type Inspection Authorization <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/1576/666b/1576666b-cb1c-43c8-abbc-86fee3e45a1d-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> HondaJet Achieves FAA Type Inspection Authorization HondaJet Fri, 20 Dec 2013 15:07:00 -0800 http://hondanews.com/photos/hondajet-achieves-faa-type-inspection-authorization-honda-aircr-2 http://hondanews.com/photos/hondajet-achieves-faa-type-inspection-authorization-honda-aircr-2 HondaJet Achieves FAA Type Inspection Authorization <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/1576/666b/1576666b-cb1c-43c8-abbc-86fee3e45a1d-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> HondaJet Achieves FAA Type Inspection Authorization HondaJet: HondaJet Achieves FAA Type Inspection Authorization <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/fe3a/4652/fe3a4652-4cad-4c65-8338-c4d7584e9722-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> HondaJet Achieves FAA Type Inspection Authorization HondaJet Fri, 20 Dec 2013 15:06:00 -0800 http://hondanews.com/photos/hondajet-achieves-faa-type-inspection-authorization-honda-aircr-3 http://hondanews.com/photos/hondajet-achieves-faa-type-inspection-authorization-honda-aircr-3 HondaJet Achieves FAA Type Inspection Authorization <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/fe3a/4652/fe3a4652-4cad-4c65-8338-c4d7584e9722-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> HondaJet Achieves FAA Type Inspection Authorization HondaJet: HondaJet Achieves FAA Type Inspection Authorization <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/dff9/3820/dff93820-67c3-4433-b3ef-6bc9a8ec8ba0-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> HondaJet Achieves FAA Type Inspection Authorization HondaJet Fri, 20 Dec 2013 15:05:00 -0800 http://hondanews.com/photos/hondajet-achieves-faa-type-inspection-authorization-honda-aircr http://hondanews.com/photos/hondajet-achieves-faa-type-inspection-authorization-honda-aircr HondaJet Achieves FAA Type Inspection Authorization <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/dff9/3820/dff93820-67c3-4433-b3ef-6bc9a8ec8ba0-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> HondaJet Achieves FAA Type Inspection Authorization HondaJet: GE Honda Aero Engine's HF120 Turbofan Engine Receives FAA Certification <p>The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) awarded Part 33 certification to GE Honda Aero Engine's HF120 turbofan engine, certifying its airworthiness and setting the stage for the production of this all-new engine.</p> <p>The HF120 engine's airworthiness certification follows an extensive ground and flight test program that involved 13 engines. During its certification program, the HF120 engine accumulated more than 14,000 cycles and 9,000 hours of testing.</p> <p>"Achieving U.S. FAA airworthiness certification for the HF120 engine is a perfect way to end the year for the GE Honda Aero Engine team," said Terry Sharp, president of GE Honda Aero Engines. "And this is just the beginning for our team, which has worked tirelessly to demonstrate the technologies in our engine. We have been ramping up the supply chain and production processes to prepare for a successful entry into service."</p> <p>Assembly is currently under way at GE's facility in Lynn, Mass., which is responsible for initial production. Production will transition to the Honda Aero Inc. facility in Burlington, N.C., next year.</p> <p>GE Honda is establishing its customer service and support operation. The support model will consist of a network of GE Honda Authorized Service Providers, a 24/7 GE Honda Operations Center, dedicated Field Technical Managers (FTMs) and Customer Team Managers (CTMs), among other support operations. GE Honda will offer long-term engine service agreements with Enhanced and Comprehensive maintenance and support services that go above and beyond the basic engine warranty, with coverage of both scheduled and unscheduled maintenance events.</p> <p>Rated at 2,095 pounds of thrust, the HF120 engine is designed to set new standards of performance in fuel efficiency, durability, and low noise and emissions.</p> <p>HF120 technologies include:</p> <ul> <li> A wide-chord, compound, swept front fan blisk, along with composite outlet guide vanes.</li> <li>A high-temperature titanium impeller in the compressor for maximum engine pressure ratio and stall-free performance.</li> <li>A compact reverse-flow configuration combustor and single-stage air-blast fuel nozzles.</li> <li>Advanced materials in the high-pressure (HP) turbine as well as a two-stage low-pressure (LP) turbine and a counter rotating HP and LP spool shaft system.</li> </ul> <p>A key cost-of-ownership advantage of the HF120 will be the ability to operate at a best-in-class 5,000 hours between major overhauls. The advanced airfoil materials and coatings that GE and Honda have developed for the engine's HP turbine enable this capability.</p> <p>In 2004, GE and Honda formed a 50/50 joint venture, called GE Honda Aero Engines, based in Cincinnati, Ohio. The joint company integrates the resources of GE Aviation and Honda Aero, Inc., a Honda subsidiary established to manage its aviation engine business. The GE Honda HF120 engine program was launched in 2006 and was selected to power Honda Aircraft Company's advanced light jet, the HondaJet.</p> <p>Honda (NYSE: HMC) is the world's largest engine manufacturer, annually producing more than 25 million engines for a wide range of products, including motorcycles, ATVs, generators, marine engines, lawn and garden equipment, and Honda and Acura automobiles.</p> <p>GE Aviation, an operating unit of GE (NYSE: GE), is a world-leading provider of jet and turboprop engines, components and integrated systems for commercial, military, business and general aviation aircraft. GE Aviation has a global service network to support these offerings.</p> <p>For additional information, visit GE Honda Aero Engines: <a href="http://www.gehonda.com/" target="_blank">http://www.gehonda.com/</a><br> Honda website: <a href="http://www.honda.com" target="_blank">http://www.honda.com</a> and its media website: <a href="http://www.hondanews.com">http://www.hondanews.com</a><br> GE website: <a href="http://www.ge.com" target="_blank">http://www.ge.com</a>, and its Aviation business:<a href="http://www.geaviation.com" target="_blank"> http://www.geaviation.com</a></p> <p>For questions on GE's engine division, please contact Deb Case (513) 243-0094<br> For questions on Honda's Aero Engine business, please contact Mel Solomon (513) 552-7857</p> HondaJet Fri, 13 Dec 2013 10:14:00 -0800 http://hondanews.com/releases/0a148fbf-0a11-45c9-97cb-c43b5aa11186 http://hondanews.com/releases/0a148fbf-0a11-45c9-97cb-c43b5aa11186 GE Honda Aero Engine's HF120 Turbofan Engine Receives FAA Certification <p>The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) awarded Part 33 certification to GE Honda Aero Engine's HF120 turbofan engine, certifying its airworthiness and setting the stage for the production of this all-new engine.</p> <p>The HF120 engine's airworthiness certification follows an extensive ground and flight test program that involved 13 engines. During its certification program, the HF120 engine accumulated more than 14,000 cycles and 9,000 hours of testing.</p> <p>"Achieving U.S. FAA airworthiness certification for the HF120 engine is a perfect way to end the year for the GE Honda Aero Engine team," said Terry Sharp, president of GE Honda Aero Engines. "And this is just the beginning for our team, which has worked tirelessly to demonstrate the technologies in our engine. We have been ramping up the supply chain and production processes to prepare for a successful entry into service."</p> <p>Assembly is currently under way at GE's facility in Lynn, Mass., which is responsible for initial production. Production will transition to the Honda Aero Inc. facility in Burlington, N.C., next year.</p> <p>GE Honda is establishing its customer service and support operation. The support model will consist of a network of GE Honda Authorized Service Providers, a 24/7 GE Honda Operations Center, dedicated Field Technical Managers (FTMs) and Customer Team Managers (CTMs), among other support operations. GE Honda will offer long-term engine service agreements with Enhanced and Comprehensive maintenance and support services that go above and beyond the basic engine warranty, with coverage of both scheduled and unscheduled maintenance events.</p> <p>Rated at 2,095 pounds of thrust, the HF120 engine is designed to set new standards of performance in fuel efficiency, durability, and low noise and emissions.</p> <p>HF120 technologies include:</p> <ul> <li> A wide-chord, compound, swept front fan blisk, along with composite outlet guide vanes.</li> <li>A high-temperature titanium impeller in the compressor for maximum engine pressure ratio and stall-free performance.</li> <li>A compact reverse-flow configuration combustor and single-stage air-blast fuel nozzles.</li> <li>Advanced materials in the high-pressure (HP) turbine as well as a two-stage low-pressure (LP) turbine and a counter rotating HP and LP spool shaft system.</li> </ul> <p>A key cost-of-ownership advantage of the HF120 will be the ability to operate at a best-in-class 5,000 hours between major overhauls. The advanced airfoil materials and coatings that GE and Honda have developed for the engine's HP turbine enable this capability.</p> <p>In 2004, GE and Honda formed a 50/50 joint venture, called GE Honda Aero Engines, based in Cincinnati, Ohio. The joint company integrates the resources of GE Aviation and Honda Aero, Inc., a Honda subsidiary established to manage its aviation engine business. The GE Honda HF120 engine program was launched in 2006 and was selected to power Honda Aircraft Company's advanced light jet, the HondaJet.</p> <p>Honda (NYSE: HMC) is the world's largest engine manufacturer, annually producing more than 25 million engines for a wide range of products, including motorcycles, ATVs, generators, marine engines, lawn and garden equipment, and Honda and Acura automobiles.</p> <p>GE Aviation, an operating unit of GE (NYSE: GE), is a world-leading provider of jet and turboprop engines, components and integrated systems for commercial, military, business and general aviation aircraft. GE Aviation has a global service network to support these offerings.</p> <p>For additional information, visit GE Honda Aero Engines: <a href="http://www.gehonda.com/" target="_blank">http://www.gehonda.com/</a><br> Honda website: <a href="http://www.honda.com" target="_blank">http://www.honda.com</a> and its media website: <a href="http://www.hondanews.com">http://www.hondanews.com</a><br> GE website: <a href="http://www.ge.com" target="_blank">http://www.ge.com</a>, and its Aviation business:<a href="http://www.geaviation.com" target="_blank"> http://www.geaviation.com</a></p> <p>For questions on GE's engine division, please contact Deb Case (513) 243-0094<br> For questions on Honda's Aero Engine business, please contact Mel Solomon (513) 552-7857</p> HondaJet: The HondaJet Underwent Extreme Cold Weather Testing <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/4594/3f2c/45943f2c-5c34-4e0d-a2d4-eb0a22390187-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> The HondaJet Underwent Extreme Cold Weather Testing HondaJet Mon, 21 Oct 2013 13:15:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/the-hondajet-underwent-extreme-cold-weather-testing http://hondanews.com/photos/the-hondajet-underwent-extreme-cold-weather-testing The HondaJet Underwent Extreme Cold Weather Testing <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/4594/3f2c/45943f2c-5c34-4e0d-a2d4-eb0a22390187-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> The HondaJet Underwent Extreme Cold Weather Testing HondaJet: HondaJet Program Update Shared at NBAA 2013; Honda Aircraft Company and American Honda Finance Corporation To Offer HondaJet Financing in the United States <p>Honda Aircraft Company announced achievements and significant milestones in the development of the HondaJet, the world's most advanced light jet, at the 2013 National Business Aviation Association's Business Aviation (NBAA) Convention and Exhibition in Las Vegas, Nev. The HondaJet flight test program is nearing its final phase and manufacturing is approaching build completion on the first production HondaJet.</p> <p>"The HondaJet program continues its steady progress toward certification, and we anticipate receiving Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Type Inspection Authorization in the next few months," said Michimasa Fujino, president and CEO of Honda Aircraft Company. "Entering this final phase of flight testing will be a significant milestone toward certification."</p> <p><strong>Testing and Certification</strong><br> The HondaJet program has flown more than 4,000 test points and has conducted numerous missions to remote testing sites across the U.S. The company successfully completed "wet runway" water ingestion tests at the NASA Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia to examine the effects of water spray. The tests were conducted in July 2013 with the company's third FAA-conforming aircraft.</p> <p>In September, Honda Aircraft conducted cold weather testing at the McKinley Climatic Laboratory, the world's largest environmental testing chamber, located at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. The company's fourth and fifth FAA-conforming HondaJets were subjected to extreme cold temperatures – down to minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 40 degrees Celsius) – to test aircraft mechanical systems, engine starts, and electrical and avionics systems. This testing augments the cold weather testing the company completed in March 2013 in International Falls, Minn., and engine inlet anti-ice tests at the NASA Glenn Research Tunnel in Cleveland, Ohio.</p> <p>Honda Aircraft has also commenced interior and cabin systems tests on the fifth FAA-conforming HondaJet, which joined the flight test program in May 2013. This aircraft will also be used for future function and reliability (F&R) testing and is the first HondaJet test aircraft to have a production interior. This FAA-conforming aircraft will be on static display at the <a href="http://hondajet.honda.com/nbaa/">Honda Aircraft Company</a> exhibit at Henderson Executive Airport during the show.</p> <p> The HondaJet program is currently undergoing FAA full-scale fatigue testing. The tests are being conducted in Honda Aircraft Company's state-of-the-art R&D facility in Greensboro, N.C. The structural test team continues to validate the HondaJet airframe through sophisticated fatigue strength testing and has achieved more than 600 cycles that represent more than one year of simulated flights for a high-time operator. This testing will prove the HondaJet airframe's fatigue strength well before the HondaJet enters service. The structural test program's target is to conduct the equivalent of three airframe lifetimes for metallic fatigue testing and limit load residual strength testing; and two airframe lifetimes of composite damage tolerance testing.</p> <p><strong>First Production HondaJet Approaching Build Completion</strong><br> HondaJet production continues with six production HondaJets on the assembly line. The Honda Aircraft manufacturing team has mated the first production aircraft's wing and empennage with build activities for this HondaJet nearing completion.</p> <p>"The Honda Aircraft production team is diligently preparing to ramp-up production by continuing to implement lean manufacturing techniques and investing in workforce training," said Fujino.</p> <p>"We anticipate our production workforce will double as we prepare for HondaJet entry into service."</p> <p><strong>HondaJet Financing</strong><br> Additionally, during the press conference, Honda Aircraft Company and American Honda Finance Corporation (AHFC) announced the companies' intentions to offer term loan financing for HondaJet customers in the United States.</p> <p>AHFC, a subsidiary of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., will provide financing and account servicing for HondaJet customers in the U.S. and collaborate with Honda Aircraft Company to develop the systems and infrastructure to support HondaJet customers. AHFC expects to begin accepting credit applications in time to support deliveries. AHFC and Honda Aircraft Company will provide additional details on this financing program early next year.</p> <p>"We are once again challenging the industry by bringing new value to the ownership experience," said Fujino. "Offering aircraft financing for HondaJet customers in the U.S. is a logical extension of Honda's philosophy to provide innovative products that are backed by unsurpassed service and support."</p> <p><strong>Expanding Infrastructure to Provide Superior Customer Service<br> </strong>Honda Aircraft Company also marked the <a href="http://hondajet.honda.com/news/article.aspx?ArticleType=pressrelease&CatType=news_detail_133.xml&bhcp=1">opening</a> of its state-of-the-art customer service facility on Oct. 17, 2013. The new facility is an expansion of Honda Aircraft Company's world headquarters at the Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, N.C. With this new facility's addition, the Honda Aircraft campus totals more than 130 acres and more than 600,000 square feet.</p> <p>The customer service facility will provide a corporate base for the company's customer service organization, which will manage warranty administration; service programs sales and administration; 24/7 technical support; technical publications; training; and will complement the HondaJet dealer network by providing heavy maintenance and major repair and overhaul work.</p> <p>"With a focus on innovation and a challenging spirit, we will continue our efforts to provide the best sales and service experience to exceed our customers' expectations," said Fujino. "This commitment includes evaluating future opportunities to positively enhance the HondaJet ownership experience."</p> <p style="text-align:center"># # #</p> <p><strong>American Honda Finance Corporation (AHFC)<br> </strong>AHFC and its consolidated subsidiaries provide various forms of financing in the United States and Canada to purchasers and lessees of Honda and Acura products and authorized independent dealers of Honda and Acura products. The Honda and Acura products that it finances consist of Honda and Acura automobiles and parts and accessories and Honda motorcycles, power equipment and marine engines.</p> <p>AHFC's primary focus, in collaboration with AHFC's direct parent American Honda Motor Co., Inc. and its affiliate Honda Canada, Inc., is to provide support for the sale of Honda and Acura products in the United States and Canada and maintain customer and dealer satisfaction and loyalty.</p> <p><strong>About HondaJet<br> </strong>HondaJet is the world's most advanced light business jet aircraft, with best-in-class advantages in performance, comfort, quality and efficiency. The HondaJet is the fastest, highest-flying, quietest, and most fuel-efficient jet in its class. The HondaJet incorporates many technological innovations in aviation design, including the unique Over-The-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM) configuration that dramatically improves performance and fuel efficiency by reducing aerodynamic drag. The OTWEM design also reduces cabin sound, minimizes ground-detected noise, and allows for the roomiest cabin in its class, the largest baggage capacity, and a fully serviceable private aft lavatory. The HondaJet is powered by two highly fuel-efficient GE Honda HF120 turbofan jet engines, and is equipped with the most sophisticated glass flight deck available in any light business jet, a Honda-customized Garmin® G3000 next-generation, all-glass avionics system composed of three 14-inch landscape-format displays and dual touch-screen controllers. The HondaJet is Honda's first commercial aircraft and lives up to the company's reputation for superior performance, efficiency, quality and value.</p> <p><strong>Honda Aircraft Company</strong><br> Honda Aircraft Company, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., was founded in 2006, though has its heritage in more than 20 years of groundbreaking aeronautical research and development. At Honda Aircraft's world headquarters in North Carolina, the birthplace of aviation, the company's associates work in more than 600,000 square feet of state-of-the-art R&D, production, administration and customer service facilities to develop, produce, market and support the HondaJet with HondaJet dealers. The challenging spirit upon which Mr. Soichiro Honda founded Honda Motor Co., Ltd. is alive today as Honda Aircraft fulfills one of Honda's longstanding dreams to advance human mobility skyward.</p> <p><strong><i>Forward Looking Statements<br> </strong>This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements related to the term loan financing program and the timing of anticipated application acceptance. These forward-looking statements reflect Honda Aircraft Company's and AHFC's current views with respect to future events and are based on assumptions and are subject to risks and uncertainties. Except for AHFC's ongoing obligation to disclose material information as required by federal securities laws, it does not intend to update you concerning any future revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date hereof.</i></p> HondaJet Mon, 21 Oct 2013 13:15:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/cee99a38-89ea-4422-addf-b40523b475f9 http://hondanews.com/releases/cee99a38-89ea-4422-addf-b40523b475f9 HondaJet Program Update Shared at NBAA 2013; Honda Aircraft Company and American Honda Finance Corporation To Offer HondaJet Financing in the United States <p>Honda Aircraft Company announced achievements and significant milestones in the development of the HondaJet, the world's most advanced light jet, at the 2013 National Business Aviation Association's Business Aviation (NBAA) Convention and Exhibition in Las Vegas, Nev. The HondaJet flight test program is nearing its final phase and manufacturing is approaching build completion on the first production HondaJet.</p> <p>"The HondaJet program continues its steady progress toward certification, and we anticipate receiving Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Type Inspection Authorization in the next few months," said Michimasa Fujino, president and CEO of Honda Aircraft Company. "Entering this final phase of flight testing will be a significant milestone toward certification."</p> <p><strong>Testing and Certification</strong><br> The HondaJet program has flown more than 4,000 test points and has conducted numerous missions to remote testing sites across the U.S. The company successfully completed "wet runway" water ingestion tests at the NASA Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia to examine the effects of water spray. The tests were conducted in July 2013 with the company's third FAA-conforming aircraft.</p> <p>In September, Honda Aircraft conducted cold weather testing at the McKinley Climatic Laboratory, the world's largest environmental testing chamber, located at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida. The company's fourth and fifth FAA-conforming HondaJets were subjected to extreme cold temperatures – down to minus 40 degrees Fahrenheit (minus 40 degrees Celsius) – to test aircraft mechanical systems, engine starts, and electrical and avionics systems. This testing augments the cold weather testing the company completed in March 2013 in International Falls, Minn., and engine inlet anti-ice tests at the NASA Glenn Research Tunnel in Cleveland, Ohio.</p> <p>Honda Aircraft has also commenced interior and cabin systems tests on the fifth FAA-conforming HondaJet, which joined the flight test program in May 2013. This aircraft will also be used for future function and reliability (F&R) testing and is the first HondaJet test aircraft to have a production interior. This FAA-conforming aircraft will be on static display at the <a href="http://hondajet.honda.com/nbaa/">Honda Aircraft Company</a> exhibit at Henderson Executive Airport during the show.</p> <p> The HondaJet program is currently undergoing FAA full-scale fatigue testing. The tests are being conducted in Honda Aircraft Company's state-of-the-art R&D facility in Greensboro, N.C. The structural test team continues to validate the HondaJet airframe through sophisticated fatigue strength testing and has achieved more than 600 cycles that represent more than one year of simulated flights for a high-time operator. This testing will prove the HondaJet airframe's fatigue strength well before the HondaJet enters service. The structural test program's target is to conduct the equivalent of three airframe lifetimes for metallic fatigue testing and limit load residual strength testing; and two airframe lifetimes of composite damage tolerance testing.</p> <p><strong>First Production HondaJet Approaching Build Completion</strong><br> HondaJet production continues with six production HondaJets on the assembly line. The Honda Aircraft manufacturing team has mated the first production aircraft's wing and empennage with build activities for this HondaJet nearing completion.</p> <p>"The Honda Aircraft production team is diligently preparing to ramp-up production by continuing to implement lean manufacturing techniques and investing in workforce training," said Fujino.</p> <p>"We anticipate our production workforce will double as we prepare for HondaJet entry into service."</p> <p><strong>HondaJet Financing</strong><br> Additionally, during the press conference, Honda Aircraft Company and American Honda Finance Corporation (AHFC) announced the companies' intentions to offer term loan financing for HondaJet customers in the United States.</p> <p>AHFC, a subsidiary of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., will provide financing and account servicing for HondaJet customers in the U.S. and collaborate with Honda Aircraft Company to develop the systems and infrastructure to support HondaJet customers. AHFC expects to begin accepting credit applications in time to support deliveries. AHFC and Honda Aircraft Company will provide additional details on this financing program early next year.</p> <p>"We are once again challenging the industry by bringing new value to the ownership experience," said Fujino. "Offering aircraft financing for HondaJet customers in the U.S. is a logical extension of Honda's philosophy to provide innovative products that are backed by unsurpassed service and support."</p> <p><strong>Expanding Infrastructure to Provide Superior Customer Service<br> </strong>Honda Aircraft Company also marked the <a href="http://hondajet.honda.com/news/article.aspx?ArticleType=pressrelease&CatType=news_detail_133.xml&bhcp=1">opening</a> of its state-of-the-art customer service facility on Oct. 17, 2013. The new facility is an expansion of Honda Aircraft Company's world headquarters at the Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, N.C. With this new facility's addition, the Honda Aircraft campus totals more than 130 acres and more than 600,000 square feet.</p> <p>The customer service facility will provide a corporate base for the company's customer service organization, which will manage warranty administration; service programs sales and administration; 24/7 technical support; technical publications; training; and will complement the HondaJet dealer network by providing heavy maintenance and major repair and overhaul work.</p> <p>"With a focus on innovation and a challenging spirit, we will continue our efforts to provide the best sales and service experience to exceed our customers' expectations," said Fujino. "This commitment includes evaluating future opportunities to positively enhance the HondaJet ownership experience."</p> <p style="text-align:center"># # #</p> <p><strong>American Honda Finance Corporation (AHFC)<br> </strong>AHFC and its consolidated subsidiaries provide various forms of financing in the United States and Canada to purchasers and lessees of Honda and Acura products and authorized independent dealers of Honda and Acura products. The Honda and Acura products that it finances consist of Honda and Acura automobiles and parts and accessories and Honda motorcycles, power equipment and marine engines.</p> <p>AHFC's primary focus, in collaboration with AHFC's direct parent American Honda Motor Co., Inc. and its affiliate Honda Canada, Inc., is to provide support for the sale of Honda and Acura products in the United States and Canada and maintain customer and dealer satisfaction and loyalty.</p> <p><strong>About HondaJet<br> </strong>HondaJet is the world's most advanced light business jet aircraft, with best-in-class advantages in performance, comfort, quality and efficiency. The HondaJet is the fastest, highest-flying, quietest, and most fuel-efficient jet in its class. The HondaJet incorporates many technological innovations in aviation design, including the unique Over-The-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM) configuration that dramatically improves performance and fuel efficiency by reducing aerodynamic drag. The OTWEM design also reduces cabin sound, minimizes ground-detected noise, and allows for the roomiest cabin in its class, the largest baggage capacity, and a fully serviceable private aft lavatory. The HondaJet is powered by two highly fuel-efficient GE Honda HF120 turbofan jet engines, and is equipped with the most sophisticated glass flight deck available in any light business jet, a Honda-customized Garmin® G3000 next-generation, all-glass avionics system composed of three 14-inch landscape-format displays and dual touch-screen controllers. The HondaJet is Honda's first commercial aircraft and lives up to the company's reputation for superior performance, efficiency, quality and value.</p> <p><strong>Honda Aircraft Company</strong><br> Honda Aircraft Company, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., was founded in 2006, though has its heritage in more than 20 years of groundbreaking aeronautical research and development. At Honda Aircraft's world headquarters in North Carolina, the birthplace of aviation, the company's associates work in more than 600,000 square feet of state-of-the-art R&D, production, administration and customer service facilities to develop, produce, market and support the HondaJet with HondaJet dealers. The challenging spirit upon which Mr. Soichiro Honda founded Honda Motor Co., Ltd. is alive today as Honda Aircraft fulfills one of Honda's longstanding dreams to advance human mobility skyward.</p> <p><strong><i>Forward Looking Statements<br> </strong>This press release contains "forward-looking statements" within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. These forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements related to the term loan financing program and the timing of anticipated application acceptance. These forward-looking statements reflect Honda Aircraft Company's and AHFC's current views with respect to future events and are based on assumptions and are subject to risks and uncertainties. Except for AHFC's ongoing obligation to disclose material information as required by federal securities laws, it does not intend to update you concerning any future revisions to any forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances occurring after the date hereof.</i></p> HondaJet: The HondaJet Completed Wet Runway Water Ingestion Tests <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/d0ba/9a46/d0ba9a46-5b4e-4d19-81ae-9f976d4205f1-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> The HondaJet Completed Wet Runway Water Ingestion Tests HondaJet Mon, 21 Oct 2013 13:15:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/the-hondajet-completed-wet-runway-water-ingestion-tests http://hondanews.com/photos/the-hondajet-completed-wet-runway-water-ingestion-tests The HondaJet Completed Wet Runway Water Ingestion Tests <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/d0ba/9a46/d0ba9a46-5b4e-4d19-81ae-9f976d4205f1-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> The HondaJet Completed Wet Runway Water Ingestion Tests HondaJet: Two HondaJets Make Special Appearance at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2013 <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/81f5/5f24/81f55f24-5dd6-44f8-95c1-bbcce01d4d73-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Two HondaJets Make Special Appearance at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2013 HondaJet Mon, 29 Jul 2013 16:49:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/-two-hondajets-make-special-appearance-at-eaa-airventure-oshkosh-2013 http://hondanews.com/photos/-two-hondajets-make-special-appearance-at-eaa-airventure-oshkosh-2013 Two HondaJets Make Special Appearance at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2013 <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/81f5/5f24/81f55f24-5dd6-44f8-95c1-bbcce01d4d73-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Two HondaJets Make Special Appearance at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2013 HondaJet: Two HondaJets Make Special Appearance at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2013 <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/58cc/5192/58cc5192-8b0f-401c-8650-f64daad0eb0e-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Two HondaJets Make Special Appearance at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2013 HondaJet Mon, 29 Jul 2013 16:48:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/-two-hondajets-make-special-appearance-at-eaa-airventure-oshkosh-2013-1 http://hondanews.com/photos/-two-hondajets-make-special-appearance-at-eaa-airventure-oshkosh-2013-1 Two HondaJets Make Special Appearance at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2013 <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/58cc/5192/58cc5192-8b0f-401c-8650-f64daad0eb0e-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Two HondaJets Make Special Appearance at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2013 HondaJet: Two HondaJets Make Special Appearance at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2013 <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/640f/b83d/640fb83d-4f0f-42e9-b78c-671dde749c05-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Two HondaJets Make Special Appearance at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2013 HondaJet Mon, 29 Jul 2013 16:47:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/-two-hondajets-make-special-appearance-at-eaa-airventure-oshkosh-2013-2 http://hondanews.com/photos/-two-hondajets-make-special-appearance-at-eaa-airventure-oshkosh-2013-2 Two HondaJets Make Special Appearance at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2013 <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/640f/b83d/640fb83d-4f0f-42e9-b78c-671dde749c05-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Two HondaJets Make Special Appearance at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2013 HondaJet: Two HondaJets Make Special Appearance at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2013 <p>Two HondaJets made their first public debut today at the Experimental Aircraft Association's (EAA) AirVenture Oshkosh 2013. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-conforming HondaJets, one red and one blue, concluded the day with another first: a flight demonstration that included a picturesque formation flyby. The aerial salute served as a tribute to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh and the more than 500,000 attendees who gather annually to celebrate aviation.</p> <p>"EAA AirVenture Oshkosh has special significance for me. This event is where I introduced the proof-of-concept HondaJet to the world for the very first time. It was truly the beginning of Honda's exciting venture into aviation," said Honda Aircraft President and CEO Michimasa Fujino. "I am very excited that EAA AirVenture Oshkosh has once again provided the setting for the first public appearance and demonstration flight of not one, but two FAA-conforming HondaJets."</p> <p>"EAA AirVenture is an annual celebration of both the past and future of flight," said Jack J. Pelton, Chairman of the Board for the Experimental Aircraft Association. "We are watching Honda's pioneering efforts with the HondaJet with great interest and enthusiasm. We welcome the aircraft to Oshkosh as Honda shares it with the world's flying community." </p> <p>The two light jets at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2013 are Honda Aircraft Company's third and fifth FAA-conforming HondaJets. Conforming aircraft meet the final specifications of a production HondaJet. Since 2010, Honda Aircraft has developed and produced six FAA-conforming HondaJets: four flight test and two structural test aircraft. These aircraft are used for flight testing and ground structural testing to meet FAA certification requirements. </p> <p>The third FAA-conforming HondaJet joined the program in November 2011 and is being used for mechanical system testing. This testing has included the brake control system, nosewheel steering, and flight controls. This aircraft was also used for hot weather testing conducted in Yuma, Ariz, and traveled to the NASA Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia for "wet runway" water ingestion testing to examine the effects of water spray. </p> <p>The fifth conforming HondaJet joined the test program in May 2013 and is being used for cabin system testing, interior testing, and options testing. It will also be used for FAA function and reliability (F&R) testing. It is the first HondaJet to be equipped with a production interior and is anchoring the final leg of the flight test program. </p> <p>The HondaJet is the world's most advanced light jet, and its design incorporates advanced technologies and concepts. The HondaJet Over-The-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM) configuration, natural-laminar flow wing and fuselage nose, and composite fuselage were developed from long-term research activities. These combined innovations make the HondaJet the fastest, most spacious and most fuel-efficient jet in its class.</p> <p>Honda Aircraft Company is targeting the end of 2014 for FAA certification of the HondaJet. The $4.5 million light jet seats up to six in a standard configuration (one crew and five passengers or two crew and four passengers) and includes a private aft lavatory. </p> <p>For more information about the world's most advanced light jet, visit <a href="http://www.hondajet.com" target="_blank">www.hondajet.com</a>.</p> <p># # #</p> <p><strong>About HondaJet</strong> <br> HondaJet is the world's most advanced light business jet aircraft, with best-in-class advantages in performance, comfort, quality and efficiency. The HondaJet is the fastest, highest-flying, quietest, and most fuel-efficient jet in its class. The HondaJet incorporates many technological innovations in aviation design, including the unique Over-The-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM) configuration that dramatically improves performance and fuel efficiency by reducing aerodynamic drag. The OTWEM design also reduces cabin sound, minimizes ground-detected noise, and allows for the roomiest cabin in its class, the largest baggage capacity, and a fully serviceable private aft lavatory. The HondaJet is powered by two highly fuel-efficient GE Honda HF120 turbofan jet engines, and is equipped with the most sophisticated glass flight deck available in any light business jet, a Honda-customized Garmin® G3000 next-generation, all-glass avionics system composed of three 14-inch landscape-format displays and dual touch-screen controllers. The HondaJet is Honda's first commercial aircraft and lives up to the company's reputation for superior performance, efficiency, quality and value.</p> <p><strong>Honda Aircraft Company</strong><br> Honda Aircraft Company, LLC., a wholly owned subsidiary of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., was founded in 2006, though has its heritage in more than 20 years of groundbreaking aeronautical research and development. At Honda Aircraft's world headquarters in North Carolina, the birthplace of aviation, the company's associates work in more than 500,000 square feet of state-of-the-art R&D, manufacturing and administration buildings to develop, produce, market and support the HondaJet with HondaJet dealers. The challenging spirit upon which Mr. Soichiro Honda founded Honda Motor Co., Ltd. is alive today as Honda Aircraft fulfills one of Honda's longstanding dreams to advance human mobility skyward.</p> HondaJet Mon, 29 Jul 2013 16:44:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/0d6ff046-5a46-4bfc-a2fa-f23448f29be2 http://hondanews.com/releases/0d6ff046-5a46-4bfc-a2fa-f23448f29be2 Two HondaJets Make Special Appearance at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2013 <p>Two HondaJets made their first public debut today at the Experimental Aircraft Association's (EAA) AirVenture Oshkosh 2013. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-conforming HondaJets, one red and one blue, concluded the day with another first: a flight demonstration that included a picturesque formation flyby. The aerial salute served as a tribute to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh and the more than 500,000 attendees who gather annually to celebrate aviation.</p> <p>"EAA AirVenture Oshkosh has special significance for me. This event is where I introduced the proof-of-concept HondaJet to the world for the very first time. It was truly the beginning of Honda's exciting venture into aviation," said Honda Aircraft President and CEO Michimasa Fujino. "I am very excited that EAA AirVenture Oshkosh has once again provided the setting for the first public appearance and demonstration flight of not one, but two FAA-conforming HondaJets."</p> <p>"EAA AirVenture is an annual celebration of both the past and future of flight," said Jack J. Pelton, Chairman of the Board for the Experimental Aircraft Association. "We are watching Honda's pioneering efforts with the HondaJet with great interest and enthusiasm. We welcome the aircraft to Oshkosh as Honda shares it with the world's flying community." </p> <p>The two light jets at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2013 are Honda Aircraft Company's third and fifth FAA-conforming HondaJets. Conforming aircraft meet the final specifications of a production HondaJet. Since 2010, Honda Aircraft has developed and produced six FAA-conforming HondaJets: four flight test and two structural test aircraft. These aircraft are used for flight testing and ground structural testing to meet FAA certification requirements. </p> <p>The third FAA-conforming HondaJet joined the program in November 2011 and is being used for mechanical system testing. This testing has included the brake control system, nosewheel steering, and flight controls. This aircraft was also used for hot weather testing conducted in Yuma, Ariz, and traveled to the NASA Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia for "wet runway" water ingestion testing to examine the effects of water spray. </p> <p>The fifth conforming HondaJet joined the test program in May 2013 and is being used for cabin system testing, interior testing, and options testing. It will also be used for FAA function and reliability (F&R) testing. It is the first HondaJet to be equipped with a production interior and is anchoring the final leg of the flight test program. </p> <p>The HondaJet is the world's most advanced light jet, and its design incorporates advanced technologies and concepts. The HondaJet Over-The-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM) configuration, natural-laminar flow wing and fuselage nose, and composite fuselage were developed from long-term research activities. These combined innovations make the HondaJet the fastest, most spacious and most fuel-efficient jet in its class.</p> <p>Honda Aircraft Company is targeting the end of 2014 for FAA certification of the HondaJet. The $4.5 million light jet seats up to six in a standard configuration (one crew and five passengers or two crew and four passengers) and includes a private aft lavatory. </p> <p>For more information about the world's most advanced light jet, visit <a href="http://www.hondajet.com" target="_blank">www.hondajet.com</a>.</p> <p># # #</p> <p><strong>About HondaJet</strong> <br> HondaJet is the world's most advanced light business jet aircraft, with best-in-class advantages in performance, comfort, quality and efficiency. The HondaJet is the fastest, highest-flying, quietest, and most fuel-efficient jet in its class. The HondaJet incorporates many technological innovations in aviation design, including the unique Over-The-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM) configuration that dramatically improves performance and fuel efficiency by reducing aerodynamic drag. The OTWEM design also reduces cabin sound, minimizes ground-detected noise, and allows for the roomiest cabin in its class, the largest baggage capacity, and a fully serviceable private aft lavatory. The HondaJet is powered by two highly fuel-efficient GE Honda HF120 turbofan jet engines, and is equipped with the most sophisticated glass flight deck available in any light business jet, a Honda-customized Garmin® G3000 next-generation, all-glass avionics system composed of three 14-inch landscape-format displays and dual touch-screen controllers. The HondaJet is Honda's first commercial aircraft and lives up to the company's reputation for superior performance, efficiency, quality and value.</p> <p><strong>Honda Aircraft Company</strong><br> Honda Aircraft Company, LLC., a wholly owned subsidiary of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., was founded in 2006, though has its heritage in more than 20 years of groundbreaking aeronautical research and development. At Honda Aircraft's world headquarters in North Carolina, the birthplace of aviation, the company's associates work in more than 500,000 square feet of state-of-the-art R&D, manufacturing and administration buildings to develop, produce, market and support the HondaJet with HondaJet dealers. The challenging spirit upon which Mr. Soichiro Honda founded Honda Motor Co., Ltd. is alive today as Honda Aircraft fulfills one of Honda's longstanding dreams to advance human mobility skyward.</p> HondaJet: GE Honda Aero Engines Approaches Final HF120 Certification Test <p>GE Honda Aero Engines announced today it is nearing completion of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification testing on its HF120 engine. In the last six months, the HF120 engine successfully completed crosswind testing and the 150-hour block endurance test. The final remaining test, the medium bird ingestion, is scheduled for completion in July. More than 95 percent of the certification documents to the FAA have been submitted with more than 84 percent already approved.</p> <p>"The 150-hour block endurance test is very difficult and puts an engine through conditions that it will never experience in the field. We are extremely pleased with the engine's performance during the tests and the condition of the HF120's endurance test hardware," said Terry Sharp, president of GE Honda Aero Engines. "We anticipate finishing testing in July with engine type certification from the FAA expected in the fourth quarter."</p> <p>A total of 13 HF120 engines have accumulated more than 7,300 hours and more than 9,700 cycles during development and certification testing at nine different test locations. This included accumulation of 3,000 cycles on one engine as part of its endurance validation program. The validation program simulates flight cycles, and the engine will serve as the fleet leader, well ahead of entry-into-service.</p> <p>The supply chain is ramping up for HF120 engine production with components being stocked. GE's facility in Lynn, Mass. is responsible for initial production. Production will transition to the Honda Aero Inc.'s facility in Burlington, N.C., soon after certification of the HF120.</p> <p>GE Honda is also establishing its customer service and support program. The support model will consist of a network of GE Honda Authorized Service Providers, a 24/7 GE Honda Operations Center, dedicated field technical managers and customer team managers, among other support operations. GE Honda will offer long-term engine service agreements with Enhanced and Comprehensive maintenance and support services that go above and beyond the basic engine warranty, with coverage of both scheduled and unscheduled maintenance events.</p> <p>In 2004, GE and Honda formed a 50/50 joint venture, called GE Honda Aero Engines, based in Cincinnati, Ohio. The joint company integrates the resources of GE Aviation and Honda Aero, Inc., a Honda subsidiary established to manage its aviation engine business. The GE Honda HF120 engine program was launched in 2006 and was selected to power Honda Aircraft Company's advanced light jet, the HondaJet.</p> <p>Rated at 2,095 pounds of thrust, the HF120 engine succeeds Honda's original HF118 prototype engine, which accumulated more than 4,000 hours of testing on the ground and in-flight. GE and Honda redesigned the engine for higher thrust and new standards of performance in fuel efficiency, durability, low noise and emissions.</p> <p>HF120 technologies include:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li>A wide-chord, compound-swept front fan and two-stage booster along with composite outlet guide vanes.</li> <li>A high-temperature titanium impeller in the compressor for maximum engine pressure ratio and stall-free performance.</li> <li>A compact reverse-flow configuration combustor and single-stage air-blast fuel nozzles.</li> <li>Advanced materials in the high-pressure turbine as well as a two-stage low-pressure (LP) turbine and a counter-rotating high-pressure and LP spool shaft system. </li> </ul> <p>A key cost-of-ownership advantage of the HF120 will be the ability to operate at a best-in-class 5,000 hours between major overhauls. The advanced airfoil materials and coatings that GE and Honda have developed for the engine's high-pressure turbine section enable this capability.</p> <p>Honda (NYSE: HMC) is the world's largest engine manufacturer, annually producing more than 20 million engines for a wide range of products, including motorcycles, ATVs, generators, marine engines, lawn and garden equipment, and Honda and Acura automobiles.</p> <p>GE Aviation, an operating unit of GE (NYSE: GE), is a world-leading provider of jet and turboprop engines, components and integrated systems for commercial, military, business and general aviation aircraft. GE Aviation has a global service network to support these offerings.</p> <p>For additional information, visit GE Honda Aero Engines at: <a href="http://www.gehonda.com/" target="_blank">http://www.gehonda.com/</a></p> <p>Honda website: <a href="http://www.honda.com/" target="_blank">http://www.honda.com</a> and its media website: <a href="http://www.hondanews.com/">http://www.hondanews.com</a></p> <p>GE website: http://www.ge.com, and its Aviation business at <a href="http://www.geaviation.com/" target="_blank">http://www.geaviation.com</a></p> <p>For questions on GE's engine division, please contact Deb Case (513)243-0094</p> <p>For questions on Honda's Aero Engine business, please contact Mel Solomon (513)552-7857</p> HondaJet Mon, 20 May 2013 13:15:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/2eb45a13-b652-4a8e-a9aa-76fbd0444b88 http://hondanews.com/releases/2eb45a13-b652-4a8e-a9aa-76fbd0444b88 GE Honda Aero Engines Approaches Final HF120 Certification Test <p>GE Honda Aero Engines announced today it is nearing completion of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certification testing on its HF120 engine. In the last six months, the HF120 engine successfully completed crosswind testing and the 150-hour block endurance test. The final remaining test, the medium bird ingestion, is scheduled for completion in July. More than 95 percent of the certification documents to the FAA have been submitted with more than 84 percent already approved.</p> <p>"The 150-hour block endurance test is very difficult and puts an engine through conditions that it will never experience in the field. We are extremely pleased with the engine's performance during the tests and the condition of the HF120's endurance test hardware," said Terry Sharp, president of GE Honda Aero Engines. "We anticipate finishing testing in July with engine type certification from the FAA expected in the fourth quarter."</p> <p>A total of 13 HF120 engines have accumulated more than 7,300 hours and more than 9,700 cycles during development and certification testing at nine different test locations. This included accumulation of 3,000 cycles on one engine as part of its endurance validation program. The validation program simulates flight cycles, and the engine will serve as the fleet leader, well ahead of entry-into-service.</p> <p>The supply chain is ramping up for HF120 engine production with components being stocked. GE's facility in Lynn, Mass. is responsible for initial production. Production will transition to the Honda Aero Inc.'s facility in Burlington, N.C., soon after certification of the HF120.</p> <p>GE Honda is also establishing its customer service and support program. The support model will consist of a network of GE Honda Authorized Service Providers, a 24/7 GE Honda Operations Center, dedicated field technical managers and customer team managers, among other support operations. GE Honda will offer long-term engine service agreements with Enhanced and Comprehensive maintenance and support services that go above and beyond the basic engine warranty, with coverage of both scheduled and unscheduled maintenance events.</p> <p>In 2004, GE and Honda formed a 50/50 joint venture, called GE Honda Aero Engines, based in Cincinnati, Ohio. The joint company integrates the resources of GE Aviation and Honda Aero, Inc., a Honda subsidiary established to manage its aviation engine business. The GE Honda HF120 engine program was launched in 2006 and was selected to power Honda Aircraft Company's advanced light jet, the HondaJet.</p> <p>Rated at 2,095 pounds of thrust, the HF120 engine succeeds Honda's original HF118 prototype engine, which accumulated more than 4,000 hours of testing on the ground and in-flight. GE and Honda redesigned the engine for higher thrust and new standards of performance in fuel efficiency, durability, low noise and emissions.</p> <p>HF120 technologies include:</p> <ul type="disc"> <li>A wide-chord, compound-swept front fan and two-stage booster along with composite outlet guide vanes.</li> <li>A high-temperature titanium impeller in the compressor for maximum engine pressure ratio and stall-free performance.</li> <li>A compact reverse-flow configuration combustor and single-stage air-blast fuel nozzles.</li> <li>Advanced materials in the high-pressure turbine as well as a two-stage low-pressure (LP) turbine and a counter-rotating high-pressure and LP spool shaft system. </li> </ul> <p>A key cost-of-ownership advantage of the HF120 will be the ability to operate at a best-in-class 5,000 hours between major overhauls. The advanced airfoil materials and coatings that GE and Honda have developed for the engine's high-pressure turbine section enable this capability.</p> <p>Honda (NYSE: HMC) is the world's largest engine manufacturer, annually producing more than 20 million engines for a wide range of products, including motorcycles, ATVs, generators, marine engines, lawn and garden equipment, and Honda and Acura automobiles.</p> <p>GE Aviation, an operating unit of GE (NYSE: GE), is a world-leading provider of jet and turboprop engines, components and integrated systems for commercial, military, business and general aviation aircraft. GE Aviation has a global service network to support these offerings.</p> <p>For additional information, visit GE Honda Aero Engines at: <a href="http://www.gehonda.com/" target="_blank">http://www.gehonda.com/</a></p> <p>Honda website: <a href="http://www.honda.com/" target="_blank">http://www.honda.com</a> and its media website: <a href="http://www.hondanews.com/">http://www.hondanews.com</a></p> <p>GE website: http://www.ge.com, and its Aviation business at <a href="http://www.geaviation.com/" target="_blank">http://www.geaviation.com</a></p> <p>For questions on GE's engine division, please contact Deb Case (513)243-0094</p> <p>For questions on Honda's Aero Engine business, please contact Mel Solomon (513)552-7857</p> HondaJet: GE Honda Aero Engines Logo <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/229a/6c23/229a6c23-d1cf-40a2-92e6-90a74465ca98-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> GE Honda Aero Engines Logo HondaJet Mon, 20 May 2013 13:12:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/ge-honda-aero-engines-logo http://hondanews.com/photos/ge-honda-aero-engines-logo GE Honda Aero Engines Logo <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/229a/6c23/229a6c23-d1cf-40a2-92e6-90a74465ca98-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> GE Honda Aero Engines Logo HondaJet: Fifth FAA-Conforming HondaJet Achieves First Flight <p>Honda Aircraft Company today announced that its fifth Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) conforming HondaJet, equipped with a production interior matching the final customer aircraft, successfully completed its first flight on May 16, 2013 at the company's world headquarters in Greensboro, N.C. With this achievement, the HondaJet program approaches the final phase of flight testing as the company advances toward FAA aircraft certification of the world's most advanced light jet.</p> <p>"An aircraft's first flight is an important and emotional milestone," said Honda Aircraft Company President and CEO Michimasa Fujino. "This is especially true for our fifth FAA-conforming HondaJet. This aircraft is equipped with a production interior and options, and it will anchor the final leg of our flight test program. From inside and out, this HondaJet matches the final configuration of a customer aircraft." </p> <p>The light jet lifted off at 3:00 p.m. EDT from the Piedmont Triad International Airport (KGSO). During the 60-minute flight, the aircraft performed very smoothly with an initial climb to 12,000 feet reaching a top speed of 300 Knots True Air Speed (KTAS). </p> <p>Howard Judd, pilot-in-command, and Stefan Johansson, co-pilot, completed several checks during the flight, including low and high speed handling characteristics, avionics and system functionality including the stall protection system. Data gathered during the flight was transmitted in real time to the company's on-site flight test telemetry operations for analysis.</p> <p>This aircraft will be used for function and reliability (F&R) testing. F&R testing will simulate in-service flight operations of the aircraft. It has a production interior with standard lavatory and options including a side-facing seat, and will be used for interior and cabin systems tests. Future testing on the aircraft will also analyze the controller-pilot data link communications (CPDLC). </p> <p>The fifth conforming HondaJet features the signature HondaJet paint scheme in a special edition blue and pearl white finish with a metallic gold stripe, an artistic moniker to signify the plane's unique role to the program. The cabin's color palette is parchment, a pale beige base that is one of two interior color options available on the HondaJet. </p> <p>Since 2010, Honda Aircraft has developed and produced six FAA-conforming HondaJets. Four active flight test aircraft include: </p> <ul> <li>First conforming aircraft – aerodynamics, performance, and stability and control testing</li> <li>Third conforming aircraft – mechanical system testing</li> <li>Fourth conforming aircraft – avionics and electrical testing</li> <li>Fifth conforming aircraft – function and reliability (F&R) testing; and cabin system and interior, and options testing</li> </ul> <p>Two ground test aircraft include:</p> <ul> <li>Second conforming aircraft – structural testing and retired from the ground test program in 2012 after successfully completing all ultimate load testing, European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) bird strike test, and seat attachment test</li> <li>Sixth conforming aircraft – structural testing and joined the program in October 2012; currently being used for static testing and damage tolerance testing</li> </ul> <p>"Our flight test fleet maintains a very active schedule and continues to complete milestones for FAA certification flight testing," said Fujino. <br> <br>The HondaJet is priced at $4.5 million (€3.41 million), and its design incorporates advanced technologies and concepts. The HondaJet patented Over-The-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM) configuration, natural-laminar flow wing and fuselage nose and composite fuselage were developed from long-term research activities. These innovations combine to make the HondaJet the fastest, most spacious and most fuel-efficient jet in its class.</p> <p><strong>About HondaJet</strong><br> HondaJet is the world's most advanced light business jet aircraft, with best-in-class advantages in performance, comfort, quality and efficiency. The HondaJet is the fastest, highest-flying, quietest, and most fuel-efficient jet in its class. The HondaJet incorporates many technological innovations in aviation design, including the unique Over-The-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM) configuration that dramatically improves performance and fuel efficiency by reducing aerodynamic drag. OTWEM design also reduces cabin sound, minimizes ground-detected noise, and allows for the roomiest cabin in class, the largest baggage capacity, and a fully serviceable private aft lavatory. The HondaJet is powered by two highly fuel-efficient GE Honda HF120 turbofan jet engines, and is equipped with the most sophisticated glass flight deck available in any light business jet, a Honda-customized Garmin® G3000 next-generation all-glass avionics system composed of three 14-inch landscape-format displays and dual touch-screen controllers. The HondaJet is Honda's first commercial aircraft and lives up to the company's reputation for superior performance, efficiency, quality and value. </p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="http://www.hondajet.com">www.hondajet.com</a>. </p> <p><strong>Honda Aircraft Company</strong><br> Honda Aircraft Company, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., was founded in 2006 though has its heritage in more than 20 years of groundbreaking aeronautical research and development. At Honda Aircraft's world headquarters in North Carolina, the birthplace of aviation, the company's associates work in more than 500,000 square feet of state-of-the-art R&D, manufacturing and administration headquarter buildings to develop, produce, market and support the HondaJet with HondaJet dealers. The challenging spirit upon which Mr. Soichiro Honda founded Honda Motor Co., Ltd. is alive today as Honda Aircraft fulfills one of Honda's long-standing dreams to advance human mobility skyward.</p> <p># # #</p> HondaJet Mon, 20 May 2013 03:00:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/c80439c8-2860-4ce1-97c7-7a1cff3fe87c http://hondanews.com/releases/c80439c8-2860-4ce1-97c7-7a1cff3fe87c Fifth FAA-Conforming HondaJet Achieves First Flight <p>Honda Aircraft Company today announced that its fifth Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) conforming HondaJet, equipped with a production interior matching the final customer aircraft, successfully completed its first flight on May 16, 2013 at the company's world headquarters in Greensboro, N.C. With this achievement, the HondaJet program approaches the final phase of flight testing as the company advances toward FAA aircraft certification of the world's most advanced light jet.</p> <p>"An aircraft's first flight is an important and emotional milestone," said Honda Aircraft Company President and CEO Michimasa Fujino. "This is especially true for our fifth FAA-conforming HondaJet. This aircraft is equipped with a production interior and options, and it will anchor the final leg of our flight test program. From inside and out, this HondaJet matches the final configuration of a customer aircraft." </p> <p>The light jet lifted off at 3:00 p.m. EDT from the Piedmont Triad International Airport (KGSO). During the 60-minute flight, the aircraft performed very smoothly with an initial climb to 12,000 feet reaching a top speed of 300 Knots True Air Speed (KTAS). </p> <p>Howard Judd, pilot-in-command, and Stefan Johansson, co-pilot, completed several checks during the flight, including low and high speed handling characteristics, avionics and system functionality including the stall protection system. Data gathered during the flight was transmitted in real time to the company's on-site flight test telemetry operations for analysis.</p> <p>This aircraft will be used for function and reliability (F&R) testing. F&R testing will simulate in-service flight operations of the aircraft. It has a production interior with standard lavatory and options including a side-facing seat, and will be used for interior and cabin systems tests. Future testing on the aircraft will also analyze the controller-pilot data link communications (CPDLC). </p> <p>The fifth conforming HondaJet features the signature HondaJet paint scheme in a special edition blue and pearl white finish with a metallic gold stripe, an artistic moniker to signify the plane's unique role to the program. The cabin's color palette is parchment, a pale beige base that is one of two interior color options available on the HondaJet. </p> <p>Since 2010, Honda Aircraft has developed and produced six FAA-conforming HondaJets. Four active flight test aircraft include: </p> <ul> <li>First conforming aircraft – aerodynamics, performance, and stability and control testing</li> <li>Third conforming aircraft – mechanical system testing</li> <li>Fourth conforming aircraft – avionics and electrical testing</li> <li>Fifth conforming aircraft – function and reliability (F&R) testing; and cabin system and interior, and options testing</li> </ul> <p>Two ground test aircraft include:</p> <ul> <li>Second conforming aircraft – structural testing and retired from the ground test program in 2012 after successfully completing all ultimate load testing, European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) bird strike test, and seat attachment test</li> <li>Sixth conforming aircraft – structural testing and joined the program in October 2012; currently being used for static testing and damage tolerance testing</li> </ul> <p>"Our flight test fleet maintains a very active schedule and continues to complete milestones for FAA certification flight testing," said Fujino. <br> <br>The HondaJet is priced at $4.5 million (€3.41 million), and its design incorporates advanced technologies and concepts. The HondaJet patented Over-The-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM) configuration, natural-laminar flow wing and fuselage nose and composite fuselage were developed from long-term research activities. These innovations combine to make the HondaJet the fastest, most spacious and most fuel-efficient jet in its class.</p> <p><strong>About HondaJet</strong><br> HondaJet is the world's most advanced light business jet aircraft, with best-in-class advantages in performance, comfort, quality and efficiency. The HondaJet is the fastest, highest-flying, quietest, and most fuel-efficient jet in its class. The HondaJet incorporates many technological innovations in aviation design, including the unique Over-The-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM) configuration that dramatically improves performance and fuel efficiency by reducing aerodynamic drag. OTWEM design also reduces cabin sound, minimizes ground-detected noise, and allows for the roomiest cabin in class, the largest baggage capacity, and a fully serviceable private aft lavatory. The HondaJet is powered by two highly fuel-efficient GE Honda HF120 turbofan jet engines, and is equipped with the most sophisticated glass flight deck available in any light business jet, a Honda-customized Garmin® G3000 next-generation all-glass avionics system composed of three 14-inch landscape-format displays and dual touch-screen controllers. The HondaJet is Honda's first commercial aircraft and lives up to the company's reputation for superior performance, efficiency, quality and value. </p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="http://www.hondajet.com">www.hondajet.com</a>. </p> <p><strong>Honda Aircraft Company</strong><br> Honda Aircraft Company, LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., was founded in 2006 though has its heritage in more than 20 years of groundbreaking aeronautical research and development. At Honda Aircraft's world headquarters in North Carolina, the birthplace of aviation, the company's associates work in more than 500,000 square feet of state-of-the-art R&D, manufacturing and administration headquarter buildings to develop, produce, market and support the HondaJet with HondaJet dealers. The challenging spirit upon which Mr. Soichiro Honda founded Honda Motor Co., Ltd. is alive today as Honda Aircraft fulfills one of Honda's long-standing dreams to advance human mobility skyward.</p> <p># # #</p> HondaJet: Honda Aircraft Company's Fifth FAA-Conforming HondaJet <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/df1f/35d2/df1f35d2-abf4-48d6-96cf-cd57aa750375-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Honda Aircraft Company's Fifth FAA-Conforming HondaJet HondaJet Mon, 20 May 2013 02:58:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-aircraft-company-s-fifth-faa-conforming-hondajet http://hondanews.com/photos/honda-aircraft-company-s-fifth-faa-conforming-hondajet Honda Aircraft Company's Fifth FAA-Conforming HondaJet <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/df1f/35d2/df1f35d2-abf4-48d6-96cf-cd57aa750375-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Honda Aircraft Company's Fifth FAA-Conforming HondaJet HondaJet: The Fourth FAA-Conforming HondaJet <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/6d60/6ed5/6d606ed5-c4d9-45a0-93ee-7d1b8cca1c22-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> The Fourth FAA-Conforming HondaJet HondaJet Mon, 20 May 2013 02:58:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/the-fourth-faa-conforming-hondajet http://hondanews.com/photos/the-fourth-faa-conforming-hondajet The Fourth FAA-Conforming HondaJet <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/6d60/6ed5/6d606ed5-c4d9-45a0-93ee-7d1b8cca1c22-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> The Fourth FAA-Conforming HondaJet HondaJet: The HondaJet Assembly Line at Honda Aircraft Company <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/ccd5/4fe4/ccd54fe4-0bb0-4261-b795-ee886a46a1d1-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> The HondaJet Assembly Line at Honda Aircraft Company HondaJet Mon, 20 May 2013 02:57:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/the-hondajet-assembly-line-at-honda-aircraft-company http://hondanews.com/photos/the-hondajet-assembly-line-at-honda-aircraft-company The HondaJet Assembly Line at Honda Aircraft Company <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/ccd5/4fe4/ccd54fe4-0bb0-4261-b795-ee886a46a1d1-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> The HondaJet Assembly Line at Honda Aircraft Company HondaJet: Honda Aircraft Company Achieves Several Significant HondaJet Milestones and Provides Program Update at 2013 EBACE <p>Honda Aircraft Company today announced a number of achievements and significant milestones in the development of the HondaJet, the world's most advanced light jet, at the 2013 European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland. </p> <p>"The HondaJet program is steadily approaching the final phase of flight testing, and manufacturing has transitioned to production of customer aircraft," said Michimasa Fujino, president and CEO of Honda Aircraft Company. "I'm committed to bringing new value to aviation by introducing the HondaJet. At the same time, Honda Aircraft Company continues to build the infrastructure and talent to design, manufacture and service this revolutionary aircraft." </p> <p><strong>Testing and certification</strong><br> The HondaJet flight test fleet has been busy completing milestones and testing various systems. The program has flown approximately 3,300 test points for stability and control, aircraft performance, landing gear, flight controls, environmental controls, steering, braking, avionics and electrical systems. Below are a few of the highlights:</p> <ul> <li><u>Aerodynamics</u> – The program has completed flight testing from stall to high speed dive. Stall testing included stall characteristics, stall speeds, handling qualities and performance. The flight test engineering team also recently conducted flutter testing at high and low altitude, and the aircraft flight envelope was expanded to the maximum dive speed (VD). </li> <li><u>Function and reliability</u> – On May 16, 2013, the program's fifth FAA-conforming HondaJet achieved its first flight. This aircraft will be used for function and reliability (F&R) testing. F&R testing will simulate in-service flight operations of the aircraft. It has a production interior with standard lavatory and options including a side-facing seat, and will be used for interior and cabin systems tests. (Details of the fifth FAA-conforming aircraft's first flight are included in a related release.)</li> <li><u>Environmental</u> – In March, Honda Aircraft conducted cold weather testing in International Falls, Minn., to examine aircraft systems under extreme temperatures. Testing included windshield heat and anti-icing systems, mechanical systems operations, avionics functional checks and electrical system testing. HondaJet wing anti-ice and nacelle inlet anti-ice tests were also conducted at the NASA Glenn Research Tunnel in Cleveland, Ohio. This remote testing augments hot weather testing conducted in Yuma, Ariz., last year, which included critical case tests for aircraft systems.</li> <li><u>Structural testing</u> – The test program successfully completed abnormal operation testing for the main entry door (MED) and emergency exit door (EED). These tests were conducted with the HondaJet program's second structural ground test aircraft, which joined the program in October 2012. It is being used for both static testing and damage tolerance testing to analyze the durability of composite structures. This testing supplements the previously completed ultimate load, European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) bird strike and component structural testing. </li> </ul> <p>"Our team is working very hard to bring the HondaJet to market as quickly as possible," said Fujino. "Customer and market expectations are high, and I am dedicated to certifying and delivering an aircraft that will bring our customers lasting joy. The more than 800 people working at Honda Aircraft Company will continue to challenge and achieve milestones."</p> <p><strong>Manufacturing transitioned to production of customer aircraft</strong><br> Honda Aircraft Company manufacturing has fully transitioned to the production of customer aircraft. Collaboration between engineering, production control, supply chain and manufacturing continues to fine-tune the processes and workflow necessary to achieve lean production and quality requirements for FAA Production Certificate (PC). </p> <ul> <li><u>Production efficiencies</u> – Manufacturing's experience building the program's test fleet has influenced best practices to more efficiently produce a high quality customer aircraft. A recent line balance project reduced the overall work footprint and created a more efficient workflow. Technology is also playing a vital role in HondaJet manufacturing. Handheld tablet devices will electronically deliver orders and visual work instructions to technicians on the assembly floor; an Automatic Guided Cart (AGC) will pick up and deliver parts to assembly areas; and an innovative, on-site paint mixing system will deliver a superior aesthetic quality while reducing the overall quantity of paint needed to finish aircraft. </li> </ul> <p><strong>Building infrastructure to support the total HondaJet ownership experience</strong><br> Construction continues on Honda Aircraft's new customer service center to provide aftermarket support for the HondaJet in Greensboro, N.C. Once in service, the facility will complement the HondaJet dealer network, which includes three dealers in Europe and seven in North America. The facility will be complete in the fall of 2013. Honda Aircraft is targeting the end of 2013 for facility FAA certification as a Part 145 repair station. </p> <p>Honda Aircraft Company has invested in advanced technologies that fully integrate engineering, manufacturing, customer service and administration functions. The company's extensive IT infrastructure underscores Honda Aircraft's commitment to deliver superior customer service and support that is consistent with Honda's reputation for quality. </p> <p>For aircraft maintenance tracking, Honda Aircraft will be endorsing CAMP. The program will help HondaJet customers monitor aircraft service requirements including reviewing scheduled inspections, service, maintenance planning documents, and regulatory airworthiness directives. In addition, Quantum Control is being used to integrate inventory, accounting, service and other critical functions.</p> <p>"The energy and excitement on our campus is building, especially in manufacturing where customer aircraft can be seen on the assembly line," said Fujino. "We are not only building a game changing product, but also building the industry's best product support and customer service. Honda will continue to deepen our roots in aviation and create a higher standard for private aircraft ownership." </p> <p><strong>About HondaJet</strong><br> HondaJet is the world's most advanced light business jet aircraft, with best-in-class advantages in performance, comfort, quality and efficiency. The HondaJet is the fastest, highest-flying, quietest, and most fuel efficient jet in its class. The HondaJet incorporates many technological innovations in aviation design, including the unique Over-The-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM) configuration that dramatically improves performance and fuel efficiency by reducing aerodynamic drag. OTWEM design also reduces cabin sound, minimizes ground-detected noise, and allows for the roomiest cabin in class, the largest baggage capacity, and a fully serviceable private aft lavatory. The HondaJet is powered by two highly fuel-efficient GE Honda HF120 turbofan jet engines, and is equipped with the most sophisticated glass flight deck available in any light business jet, a Honda-customized Garmin G3000™ next-generation all-glass avionics system composed of three 14-inch landscape-format displays and dual touch-screen controllers. The HondaJet is Honda's first commercial aircraft and lives up to the company's reputation for superior performance, efficiency, quality and value. </p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="http://www.hondajet.com">www.hondajet.com</a>. </p> <p><strong>Honda Aircraft Company</strong><br> Honda Aircraft Company LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., was founded in 2006 though has its heritage in more than 20 years of groundbreaking aeronautical research and development. At Honda Aircraft's world headquarters in North Carolina, the birthplace of aviation, the company's associates work in more than 500,000 square feet of state-of-the-art R&D, manufacturing and administration headquarter buildings to develop, produce, market and support the HondaJet with HondaJet dealers. The challenging spirit upon which Mr. Soichiro Honda founded Honda Motor Co., Ltd. is alive today as Honda Aircraft fulfills one of Honda's long-standing dreams to advance human mobility skyward.</p> <p># # #</p> HondaJet Mon, 20 May 2013 02:57:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/1fe9293d-9cbc-45fa-876c-e0e32a6748dc http://hondanews.com/releases/1fe9293d-9cbc-45fa-876c-e0e32a6748dc Honda Aircraft Company Achieves Several Significant HondaJet Milestones and Provides Program Update at 2013 EBACE <p>Honda Aircraft Company today announced a number of achievements and significant milestones in the development of the HondaJet, the world's most advanced light jet, at the 2013 European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland. </p> <p>"The HondaJet program is steadily approaching the final phase of flight testing, and manufacturing has transitioned to production of customer aircraft," said Michimasa Fujino, president and CEO of Honda Aircraft Company. "I'm committed to bringing new value to aviation by introducing the HondaJet. At the same time, Honda Aircraft Company continues to build the infrastructure and talent to design, manufacture and service this revolutionary aircraft." </p> <p><strong>Testing and certification</strong><br> The HondaJet flight test fleet has been busy completing milestones and testing various systems. The program has flown approximately 3,300 test points for stability and control, aircraft performance, landing gear, flight controls, environmental controls, steering, braking, avionics and electrical systems. Below are a few of the highlights:</p> <ul> <li><u>Aerodynamics</u> – The program has completed flight testing from stall to high speed dive. Stall testing included stall characteristics, stall speeds, handling qualities and performance. The flight test engineering team also recently conducted flutter testing at high and low altitude, and the aircraft flight envelope was expanded to the maximum dive speed (VD). </li> <li><u>Function and reliability</u> – On May 16, 2013, the program's fifth FAA-conforming HondaJet achieved its first flight. This aircraft will be used for function and reliability (F&R) testing. F&R testing will simulate in-service flight operations of the aircraft. It has a production interior with standard lavatory and options including a side-facing seat, and will be used for interior and cabin systems tests. (Details of the fifth FAA-conforming aircraft's first flight are included in a related release.)</li> <li><u>Environmental</u> – In March, Honda Aircraft conducted cold weather testing in International Falls, Minn., to examine aircraft systems under extreme temperatures. Testing included windshield heat and anti-icing systems, mechanical systems operations, avionics functional checks and electrical system testing. HondaJet wing anti-ice and nacelle inlet anti-ice tests were also conducted at the NASA Glenn Research Tunnel in Cleveland, Ohio. This remote testing augments hot weather testing conducted in Yuma, Ariz., last year, which included critical case tests for aircraft systems.</li> <li><u>Structural testing</u> – The test program successfully completed abnormal operation testing for the main entry door (MED) and emergency exit door (EED). These tests were conducted with the HondaJet program's second structural ground test aircraft, which joined the program in October 2012. It is being used for both static testing and damage tolerance testing to analyze the durability of composite structures. This testing supplements the previously completed ultimate load, European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) bird strike and component structural testing. </li> </ul> <p>"Our team is working very hard to bring the HondaJet to market as quickly as possible," said Fujino. "Customer and market expectations are high, and I am dedicated to certifying and delivering an aircraft that will bring our customers lasting joy. The more than 800 people working at Honda Aircraft Company will continue to challenge and achieve milestones."</p> <p><strong>Manufacturing transitioned to production of customer aircraft</strong><br> Honda Aircraft Company manufacturing has fully transitioned to the production of customer aircraft. Collaboration between engineering, production control, supply chain and manufacturing continues to fine-tune the processes and workflow necessary to achieve lean production and quality requirements for FAA Production Certificate (PC). </p> <ul> <li><u>Production efficiencies</u> – Manufacturing's experience building the program's test fleet has influenced best practices to more efficiently produce a high quality customer aircraft. A recent line balance project reduced the overall work footprint and created a more efficient workflow. Technology is also playing a vital role in HondaJet manufacturing. Handheld tablet devices will electronically deliver orders and visual work instructions to technicians on the assembly floor; an Automatic Guided Cart (AGC) will pick up and deliver parts to assembly areas; and an innovative, on-site paint mixing system will deliver a superior aesthetic quality while reducing the overall quantity of paint needed to finish aircraft. </li> </ul> <p><strong>Building infrastructure to support the total HondaJet ownership experience</strong><br> Construction continues on Honda Aircraft's new customer service center to provide aftermarket support for the HondaJet in Greensboro, N.C. Once in service, the facility will complement the HondaJet dealer network, which includes three dealers in Europe and seven in North America. The facility will be complete in the fall of 2013. Honda Aircraft is targeting the end of 2013 for facility FAA certification as a Part 145 repair station. </p> <p>Honda Aircraft Company has invested in advanced technologies that fully integrate engineering, manufacturing, customer service and administration functions. The company's extensive IT infrastructure underscores Honda Aircraft's commitment to deliver superior customer service and support that is consistent with Honda's reputation for quality. </p> <p>For aircraft maintenance tracking, Honda Aircraft will be endorsing CAMP. The program will help HondaJet customers monitor aircraft service requirements including reviewing scheduled inspections, service, maintenance planning documents, and regulatory airworthiness directives. In addition, Quantum Control is being used to integrate inventory, accounting, service and other critical functions.</p> <p>"The energy and excitement on our campus is building, especially in manufacturing where customer aircraft can be seen on the assembly line," said Fujino. "We are not only building a game changing product, but also building the industry's best product support and customer service. Honda will continue to deepen our roots in aviation and create a higher standard for private aircraft ownership." </p> <p><strong>About HondaJet</strong><br> HondaJet is the world's most advanced light business jet aircraft, with best-in-class advantages in performance, comfort, quality and efficiency. The HondaJet is the fastest, highest-flying, quietest, and most fuel efficient jet in its class. The HondaJet incorporates many technological innovations in aviation design, including the unique Over-The-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM) configuration that dramatically improves performance and fuel efficiency by reducing aerodynamic drag. OTWEM design also reduces cabin sound, minimizes ground-detected noise, and allows for the roomiest cabin in class, the largest baggage capacity, and a fully serviceable private aft lavatory. The HondaJet is powered by two highly fuel-efficient GE Honda HF120 turbofan jet engines, and is equipped with the most sophisticated glass flight deck available in any light business jet, a Honda-customized Garmin G3000™ next-generation all-glass avionics system composed of three 14-inch landscape-format displays and dual touch-screen controllers. The HondaJet is Honda's first commercial aircraft and lives up to the company's reputation for superior performance, efficiency, quality and value. </p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="http://www.hondajet.com">www.hondajet.com</a>. </p> <p><strong>Honda Aircraft Company</strong><br> Honda Aircraft Company LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., was founded in 2006 though has its heritage in more than 20 years of groundbreaking aeronautical research and development. At Honda Aircraft's world headquarters in North Carolina, the birthplace of aviation, the company's associates work in more than 500,000 square feet of state-of-the-art R&D, manufacturing and administration headquarter buildings to develop, produce, market and support the HondaJet with HondaJet dealers. The challenging spirit upon which Mr. Soichiro Honda founded Honda Motor Co., Ltd. is alive today as Honda Aircraft fulfills one of Honda's long-standing dreams to advance human mobility skyward.</p> <p># # #</p> HondaJet: Fifth FAA-Conforming HondaJet - Interior <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/18bd/6512/18bd6512-cddf-4030-843c-83efd43a99cc-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Fifth FAA-Conforming HondaJet - Interior HondaJet Mon, 20 May 2013 02:57:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/photos/fifth-faa-conforming-hondajet-interior http://hondanews.com/photos/fifth-faa-conforming-hondajet-interior Fifth FAA-Conforming HondaJet - Interior <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/18bd/6512/18bd6512-cddf-4030-843c-83efd43a99cc-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> Fifth FAA-Conforming HondaJet - Interior HondaJet: 2013 Honda Rose Parade Float <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/9d44/6d1d/9d446d1d-f13a-47cc-8b84-66a002cd5122-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2013 Honda Rose Parade Float HondaJet Wed, 02 Jan 2013 08:55:00 -0800 http://hondanews.com/photos/-honda-2013-rose-parade-1 http://hondanews.com/photos/-honda-2013-rose-parade-1 2013 Honda Rose Parade Float <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/9d44/6d1d/9d446d1d-f13a-47cc-8b84-66a002cd5122-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2013 Honda Rose Parade Float HondaJet: 2013 Honda Rose Parade Float <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/47ec/3acd/47ec3acd-5624-4977-aa01-7e2a475ff48e-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2013 Honda Rose Parade Float HondaJet Wed, 02 Jan 2013 08:55:00 -0800 http://hondanews.com/photos/-honda-2013-rose-parade http://hondanews.com/photos/-honda-2013-rose-parade 2013 Honda Rose Parade Float <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/47ec/3acd/47ec3acd-5624-4977-aa01-7e2a475ff48e-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2013 Honda Rose Parade Float HondaJet: 2013 Honda Rose Parade Float <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/5109/54c9/510954c9-b782-4f30-8bd7-0e6227a47d81-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2013 Honda Rose Parade Float HondaJet Tue, 18 Dec 2012 06:00:00 -0800 http://hondanews.com/photos/2013-honda-rose-parade-float http://hondanews.com/photos/2013-honda-rose-parade-float 2013 Honda Rose Parade Float <img src="http://cdn.hondanews.com/photos/5109/54c9/510954c9-b782-4f30-8bd7-0e6227a47d81-100x100-thumb.jpg" /> <br/> 2013 Honda Rose Parade Float HondaJet: Honda 'Follow Your Dreams' Float to Lead 2013 Rose Parade <p>The <a href="http://www.honda.com/">Honda</a> 2013 Rose Parade float entry, "Follow Your Dreams," will be the first float in the 124th Rose Parade, themed "Oh, the Places You'll Go!™," on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. The float's design captures the theme through its imaginative depiction of innovative Honda technologies and Dr. Seuss-inspired features. This marks the 52nd year Honda has collaborated with the Tournament of Roses and its third year as presenting sponsor. The all-new 2013 Honda <a href="http://automobiles.honda.com/accord-sedan/">Accord Sedan</a> will be the parade's official pace car and the all-new 2013 Honda <a href="http://automobiles.honda.com/accord-coupe/">Accord Coupe</a> will serve as the sound car.</p> <p>"The world of endless possibilities that awaits us all is creatively displayed on the Honda float, and it truly captures the spirit of the 124th Rose Parade theme, 'Oh, the Places You'll Go!,'" said Tournament of Roses president Sally M. Bixby. "'Follow Your Dreams' is a wonderful first float for the Parade on Jan. 1."</p> <p>Parade-watchers will witness a 100-foot-long whimsical festival of dreams, imagination and youth that will include three world-champion athletes riding on the float: U.S. sprinter Carmelita Jeter, and from the summer's "Fierce Five" gymnastics team, McKayla Maroney and Kyla Ross.</p> <p>The float has three islands featuring fantastical elements that could intersect in the inventiveness of a dream. On the middle island, a creative structure that emulates a castle, complete with an eclectic form of architecture for each roof, wall and staircase, is the centerpiece. A double-propeller helicopter-like apparatus with landing gear already extended is flying over a gateway that leads to a 16-foot-high working slide – the first working slide to be featured in the Tournament of Roses Parade. The slide is symbolic of the journey where dreams take you. Each rider of the slide will find this gateway as their starting point.</p> <p>The slide connects the middle island to the front island of the float that features a mobile with a periscope that has moving legs. The HondaJet also is seen flying above colorful island trees.</p> <p>A bridge extends from the center to the rear portion of the float with a sailboat traveling underneath and an American flag serving as a banner. The third island is topped with an airship complete with circular nose, exposed engine and an intertwined exhaust system. To the rear of a second smaller castle on the last island, ASIMO, the world's most advanced humanoid robot, is being lifted by colorful balloons. On the other side, a hot air balloon also can be seen floating toward the stars.</p> <p>For the third straight year, Honda's float will be propelled by a specially configured hybrid, low-emission engine to help the float function more efficiently and reduce its carbon footprint.</p> <p>"Honda believes in The Power of Dreams, and their ability to empower us to help make society a better place," said Stephan Morikawa, assistant vice president of American Honda Corporate Community Relations. "The Rose Parade is an opportunity to showcase innovative Honda technologies and to wish a happy New Year to everyone watching along the Parade route and on television."</p> <p>The Honda float features more than 5,000 roses, 11,000 carnations and 2,500 gerberas. A variety of flowers, plants and seeds will be used, including lavender dendrobs, pink pincushion protea, white queen Anne's lace, dark blue iris, light pink carnations, orange roses, yellow button mums, bronze fine cut strawflower, purple fine cut statice, red hanging amaranth, Kermit green mums, brown flax seed, green ground parsley flakes, black onion seed, green ground split pea, shiny grey silverleaf, red large kidney beans and cream corn husk, among many others. All of these natural materials will later be ground up for mulch after the conclusion of the parade activities.</p> <p>Honda first collaborated with the Tournament of Roses in 1961 to provide two-wheeled vehicles for 1962 Parade operations. Honda has been a float participant in the Rose Parade since 1977 and has provided the official Tournament of Roses vehicle since 1994. Honda continues to supply two-wheeled vehicles and also provides side-by-side (multi-utility) vehicles for Parade operations.</p> <p>As presenting sponsor, the Honda float is annually the first in the Parade and showcases the theme. As a result, it will not be considered a commercial entry and will not compete during the judging process. Prior to becoming presenting sponsor in 2011, Honda floats won awards in 15 of the previous 16 years.</p> <p><strong><u>About Honda</u></strong><br> Honda began operations in the U.S. in 1959 with the establishment of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., Honda's first overseas subsidiary. Honda began U.S. production of motorcycles in 1979 and automobiles in 1982. With nine U.S. plants, Honda has invested more than $12.5 billion in its U.S. operations. The company employs more than 26,000 associates and annually purchases $14 billion in parts and materials from more than 530 U.S. suppliers. Honda vehicles are manufactured using domestic and globally sourced parts.</p> <p>Honda Multimedia Newsroom (for media only): <a href="http://www.hondanews.com/">http://www.hondanews.com</a><br> Honda News & Views: <a href="http://www.honda.com/news">http://www.honda.com/news</a><br> Honda in America: <a href="http://www.hondainamerica.com/">http://www.hondainamerica.com</a><br> Honda on Twitter: <a href="http://www.twitter.com/americanhonda">http://www.twitter.com/americanhonda</a> <br> Honda on Facebook: <a href="http://www.facebook.com/honda">http://www.facebook.com/honda</a> <br> Honda on YouTube: <a href="http://www.youtube.com/honda">http://www.youtube.com/honda</a> <br> Honda on Flickr: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/hondanews">http://www.flickr.com/hondanews</a> <br> Honda Website: <a href="http://www.honda.com/">http://www.honda.com</a><br> Pinterest: <a href="http://pinterest.com/honda/">http://pinterest.com/honda/</a><br> On <a href="https://plus.google.com/+Honda/posts">Google+</a></p> <p> </p> <p>#  #  #</p> HondaJet Tue, 18 Dec 2012 06:00:00 -0800 http://hondanews.com/releases/52082abf-efd1-4516-8f05-9bdee82921cf http://hondanews.com/releases/52082abf-efd1-4516-8f05-9bdee82921cf Honda 'Follow Your Dreams' Float to Lead 2013 Rose Parade <p>The <a href="http://www.honda.com/">Honda</a> 2013 Rose Parade float entry, "Follow Your Dreams," will be the first float in the 124th Rose Parade, themed "Oh, the Places You'll Go!™," on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013. The float's design captures the theme through its imaginative depiction of innovative Honda technologies and Dr. Seuss-inspired features. This marks the 52nd year Honda has collaborated with the Tournament of Roses and its third year as presenting sponsor. The all-new 2013 Honda <a href="http://automobiles.honda.com/accord-sedan/">Accord Sedan</a> will be the parade's official pace car and the all-new 2013 Honda <a href="http://automobiles.honda.com/accord-coupe/">Accord Coupe</a> will serve as the sound car.</p> <p>"The world of endless possibilities that awaits us all is creatively displayed on the Honda float, and it truly captures the spirit of the 124th Rose Parade theme, 'Oh, the Places You'll Go!,'" said Tournament of Roses president Sally M. Bixby. "'Follow Your Dreams' is a wonderful first float for the Parade on Jan. 1."</p> <p>Parade-watchers will witness a 100-foot-long whimsical festival of dreams, imagination and youth that will include three world-champion athletes riding on the float: U.S. sprinter Carmelita Jeter, and from the summer's "Fierce Five" gymnastics team, McKayla Maroney and Kyla Ross.</p> <p>The float has three islands featuring fantastical elements that could intersect in the inventiveness of a dream. On the middle island, a creative structure that emulates a castle, complete with an eclectic form of architecture for each roof, wall and staircase, is the centerpiece. A double-propeller helicopter-like apparatus with landing gear already extended is flying over a gateway that leads to a 16-foot-high working slide – the first working slide to be featured in the Tournament of Roses Parade. The slide is symbolic of the journey where dreams take you. Each rider of the slide will find this gateway as their starting point.</p> <p>The slide connects the middle island to the front island of the float that features a mobile with a periscope that has moving legs. The HondaJet also is seen flying above colorful island trees.</p> <p>A bridge extends from the center to the rear portion of the float with a sailboat traveling underneath and an American flag serving as a banner. The third island is topped with an airship complete with circular nose, exposed engine and an intertwined exhaust system. To the rear of a second smaller castle on the last island, ASIMO, the world's most advanced humanoid robot, is being lifted by colorful balloons. On the other side, a hot air balloon also can be seen floating toward the stars.</p> <p>For the third straight year, Honda's float will be propelled by a specially configured hybrid, low-emission engine to help the float function more efficiently and reduce its carbon footprint.</p> <p>"Honda believes in The Power of Dreams, and their ability to empower us to help make society a better place," said Stephan Morikawa, assistant vice president of American Honda Corporate Community Relations. "The Rose Parade is an opportunity to showcase innovative Honda technologies and to wish a happy New Year to everyone watching along the Parade route and on television."</p> <p>The Honda float features more than 5,000 roses, 11,000 carnations and 2,500 gerberas. A variety of flowers, plants and seeds will be used, including lavender dendrobs, pink pincushion protea, white queen Anne's lace, dark blue iris, light pink carnations, orange roses, yellow button mums, bronze fine cut strawflower, purple fine cut statice, red hanging amaranth, Kermit green mums, brown flax seed, green ground parsley flakes, black onion seed, green ground split pea, shiny grey silverleaf, red large kidney beans and cream corn husk, among many others. All of these natural materials will later be ground up for mulch after the conclusion of the parade activities.</p> <p>Honda first collaborated with the Tournament of Roses in 1961 to provide two-wheeled vehicles for 1962 Parade operations. Honda has been a float participant in the Rose Parade since 1977 and has provided the official Tournament of Roses vehicle since 1994. Honda continues to supply two-wheeled vehicles and also provides side-by-side (multi-utility) vehicles for Parade operations.</p> <p>As presenting sponsor, the Honda float is annually the first in the Parade and showcases the theme. As a result, it will not be considered a commercial entry and will not compete during the judging process. Prior to becoming presenting sponsor in 2011, Honda floats won awards in 15 of the previous 16 years.</p> <p><strong><u>About Honda</u></strong><br> Honda began operations in the U.S. in 1959 with the establishment of American Honda Motor Co., Inc., Honda's first overseas subsidiary. Honda began U.S. production of motorcycles in 1979 and automobiles in 1982. With nine U.S. plants, Honda has invested more than $12.5 billion in its U.S. operations. The company employs more than 26,000 associates and annually purchases $14 billion in parts and materials from more than 530 U.S. suppliers. Honda vehicles are manufactured using domestic and globally sourced parts.</p> <p>Honda Multimedia Newsroom (for media only): <a href="http://www.hondanews.com/">http://www.hondanews.com</a><br> Honda News & Views: <a href="http://www.honda.com/news">http://www.honda.com/news</a><br> Honda in America: <a href="http://www.hondainamerica.com/">http://www.hondainamerica.com</a><br> Honda on Twitter: <a href="http://www.twitter.com/americanhonda">http://www.twitter.com/americanhonda</a> <br> Honda on Facebook: <a href="http://www.facebook.com/honda">http://www.facebook.com/honda</a> <br> Honda on YouTube: <a href="http://www.youtube.com/honda">http://www.youtube.com/honda</a> <br> Honda on Flickr: <a href="http://www.flickr.com/hondanews">http://www.flickr.com/hondanews</a> <br> Honda Website: <a href="http://www.honda.com/">http://www.honda.com</a><br> Pinterest: <a href="http://pinterest.com/honda/">http://pinterest.com/honda/</a><br> On <a href="https://plus.google.com/+Honda/posts">Google+</a></p> <p> </p> <p>#  #  #</p> HondaJet: Honda Aircraft Expands Sales Network with Canadian Partner <p>Honda Aircraft Company announced today a new Canadian Authorized Sales Representative for the HondaJet, the world's most advanced light jet. Honda Aircraft and Skyservice Business Aviation signed the official agreement at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) annual meeting and convention in Orlando, Fla., on Oct. 29. Skyservice will support HondaJet aircraft sales in Canada.</p> <p>"Skyservice has an outstanding reputation in Canada as the country's largest aircraft management and charter operator and will be a strong HondaJet network partner," said Honda Aircraft President and CEO Michimasa Fujino. "Skyservice has an extensive footprint in major Canadian markets and shares Honda's commitment to provide the best customer experience, strengths we look for in any partnership."</p> <p>Skyservice is one of Canada's largest aircraft management, maintenance and charter operator with facilities in Toronto, Montreal, and Calgary. The company offers comprehensive business aviation services including charter services, fixed base operations, maintenance, and aircraft management.</p> <p>"For 26 years, our organization has maintained a strong commitment to service and building customer relationships," said Marshall Myles, president of Skyservice. "We are extremely excited to sell the best-in-class HondaJet in Canada."</p> <p>The company has earned the Platinum ARG/US rating North America's most stringent aviation safety ranking for exceeding and maintaining the highest safety and operational standards, as well as the internationally recognized IS-BAO designation, the gold standard for business aircraft operations. Skyservice was founded in 1986 by Russell Payson. The company has 500 employees.</p> <p>"Canada ranks fourth in the world for business jets and new business aircraft deliveries," said Byron Severson, Honda Aircraft Company vice president of sales. "It is an important market for Honda Aircraft, and today's agreement is a culmination of a thorough selection process to find the right partnership."</p> <p>Honda Aircraft remains focused on a worldwide sales plan and strategy. In addition to Skyservice, there are nine HondaJet dealer representatives worldwide to provide sales and product support to customers. Each of these dealerships will be prepared for the HondaJet entry to service and will provide customers the quality of service expected from Honda. The company is currently evaluating future expansion of sales and support beyond North America and Europe.</p> <p>Fujino added, "We will continue to review all regions and markets for the HondaJet introduction, as our ultimate goal is to sell and support this advanced aircraft worldwide."</p> <p>For more information on Skyservice visit <a href="http://www.skyservice.com">www.skyservice.com</a>.</p> <p><strong>About HondaJet</strong><br> HondaJet is the world's most advanced light business jet aircraft, with best-in-class advantages in performance, comfort, quality and efficiency. The HondaJet is the fastest, highest-flying, quietest, and most fuel efficient jet in its class. The HondaJet incorporates many technological innovations in aviation design, including the unique Over-The-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM) configuration that dramatically improves performance and fuel efficiency by reducing aerodynamic drag. This design also reduces cabin sound, minimizes ground-detected noise, allows for the roomiest cabin in its class, the largest baggage capacity, and a fully private aft lavatory. The HondaJet is powered by two highly fuel-efficient GE Honda HF120 turbofan jet engines, and is equipped with the most sophisticated glass flight deck available in any light business jet, a Honda-customized Garmin® G3000 next-generation all-glass avionics system composed of three 14-inch landscape-format displays and dual touch-screen controllers. The HondaJet is Honda's first-ever commercial aircraft and lives up to the company's reputation for superior performance, efficiency, quality, and value.</p> <p><strong>About Honda Aircraft Company</strong><br> Honda Aircraft Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Honda Motor Company, Inc., was founded in 2006 though has its heritage in more than 20 years of ground-breaking aeronautical research and development. At Honda Aircraft's World Headquarters campus in North Carolina, the birthplace of aviation, the company's associates work in more than 500,000 square feet of state-of-the-art R&D, Manufacturing and Administration Headquarter buildings to develop, produce, market and support the HondaJet with HondaJet dealers. The challenging spirit upon which Mr. Soichiro Honda founded Honda Motors is still alive today as Honda Aircraft fulfills one of Honda's long-standing dreams to advance human mobility skyward.</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="http://www.hondajet.com/">www.hondajet.com</a>.</p> <p><strong># # #</strong></p> <p>Note for media: access Honda Aircraft's media portal at <a href="https://hondajet.honda.com/news/index.aspx">https://hondajet.honda.com/news/index.aspx</a> for high resolution images of the HondaJet. </p> HondaJet Mon, 29 Oct 2012 10:46:00 -0700 http://hondanews.com/releases/fe3954ee-e4a7-4927-b8dc-8bb85e69af23 http://hondanews.com/releases/fe3954ee-e4a7-4927-b8dc-8bb85e69af23 Honda Aircraft Expands Sales Network with Canadian Partner <p>Honda Aircraft Company announced today a new Canadian Authorized Sales Representative for the HondaJet, the world's most advanced light jet. Honda Aircraft and Skyservice Business Aviation signed the official agreement at the National Business Aviation Association (NBAA) annual meeting and convention in Orlando, Fla., on Oct. 29. Skyservice will support HondaJet aircraft sales in Canada.</p> <p>"Skyservice has an outstanding reputation in Canada as the country's largest aircraft management and charter operator and will be a strong HondaJet network partner," said Honda Aircraft President and CEO Michimasa Fujino. "Skyservice has an extensive footprint in major Canadian markets and shares Honda's commitment to provide the best customer experience, strengths we look for in any partnership."</p> <p>Skyservice is one of Canada's largest aircraft management, maintenance and charter operator with facilities in Toronto, Montreal, and Calgary. The company offers comprehensive business aviation services including charter services, fixed base operations, maintenance, and aircraft management.</p> <p>"For 26 years, our organization has maintained a strong commitment to service and building customer relationships," said Marshall Myles, president of Skyservice. "We are extremely excited to sell the best-in-class HondaJet in Canada."</p> <p>The company has earned the Platinum ARG/US rating North America's most stringent aviation safety ranking for exceeding and maintaining the highest safety and operational standards, as well as the internationally recognized IS-BAO designation, the gold standard for business aircraft operations. Skyservice was founded in 1986 by Russell Payson. The company has 500 employees.</p> <p>"Canada ranks fourth in the world for business jets and new business aircraft deliveries," said Byron Severson, Honda Aircraft Company vice president of sales. "It is an important market for Honda Aircraft, and today's agreement is a culmination of a thorough selection process to find the right partnership."</p> <p>Honda Aircraft remains focused on a worldwide sales plan and strategy. In addition to Skyservice, there are nine HondaJet dealer representatives worldwide to provide sales and product support to customers. Each of these dealerships will be prepared for the HondaJet entry to service and will provide customers the quality of service expected from Honda. The company is currently evaluating future expansion of sales and support beyond North America and Europe.</p> <p>Fujino added, "We will continue to review all regions and markets for the HondaJet introduction, as our ultimate goal is to sell and support this advanced aircraft worldwide."</p> <p>For more information on Skyservice visit <a href="http://www.skyservice.com">www.skyservice.com</a>.</p> <p><strong>About HondaJet</strong><br> HondaJet is the world's most advanced light business jet aircraft, with best-in-class advantages in performance, comfort, quality and efficiency. The HondaJet is the fastest, highest-flying, quietest, and most fuel efficient jet in its class. The HondaJet incorporates many technological innovations in aviation design, including the unique Over-The-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM) configuration that dramatically improves performance and fuel efficiency by reducing aerodynamic drag. This design also reduces cabin sound, minimizes ground-detected noise, allows for the roomiest cabin in its class, the largest baggage capacity, and a fully private aft lavatory. The HondaJet is powered by two highly fuel-efficient GE Honda HF120 turbofan jet engines, and is equipped with the most sophisticated glass flight deck available in any light business jet, a Honda-customized Garmin® G3000 next-generation all-glass avionics system composed of three 14-inch landscape-format displays and dual touch-screen controllers. The HondaJet is Honda's first-ever commercial aircraft and lives up to the company's reputation for superior performance, efficiency, quality, and value.</p> <p><strong>About Honda Aircraft Company</strong><br> Honda Aircraft Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of American Honda Motor Company, Inc., was founded in 2006 though has its heritage in more than 20 years of ground-breaking aeronautical research and development. At Honda Aircraft's World Headquarters campus in North Carolina, the birthplace of aviation, the company's associates work in more than 500,000 square feet of state-of-the-art R&D, Manufacturing and Administration Headquarter buildings to develop, produce, market and support the HondaJet with HondaJet dealers. The challenging spirit upon which Mr. Soichiro Honda founded Honda Motors is still alive today as Honda Aircraft fulfills one of Honda's long-standing dreams to advance human mobility skyward.</p> <p>For more information, visit <a href="http://www.hondajet.com/">www.hondajet.com</a>.</p> <p><strong># # #</strong></p> <p>Note for media: access Honda Aircraft's media portal at <a href="https://hondajet.honda.com/news/index.aspx">https://hondajet.honda.com/news/index.aspx</a> for high resolution images of the HondaJet. </p>