July 2, 2014 - Honda Aircraft Company’s first production HondaJet flew for the first time on June 27 at the company’s world headquarters on Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, North Carolina. The company is shooting for aircraft certification and entry into service in 2015.
HondaJet test pilot Warren Gould took off in the deep green pearl-colored twin jet at 10:18 a.m. EDT and flew for 84 minutes, climbing to 15,500 feet and reaching 348 knots true airspeed. Several checks during the flight included low- and high-speed handling characteristics, avionics, and system functionality including landing gear, flaps, and speed brake operations.
More than 1,000 Honda Aircraft Company team members greeted the plane upon landing to commemorate the milestone, including Company President and CEO Michimasa Fujino.
“With this first flight, the HondaJet program has entered the next exciting phase as we prepare for delivery,” he said. “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.”