Flying Sports Planes
Greensboro-based Honda Aircraft Co. declared that it has started manufacture on its $4.5 million lightweight business jet. The statement was made in the course of a press conference at the National Business Aviation Association annual meeting and convention in Orlando, Florida.
Michimasa Fujino, the company's president and CEO, said in a statement, “An assembly line for HondaJet production is in place, major aircraft components including the fuselage and wing have been produced, and we have started assembly of the first customer aircraft. Commencing production is the most important milestone in the HondaJet program to date, with only the future Federal Aviation Administration Type Certification and first customer delivery ranking greater in significance.”
The FAA certification is planned to happen during the first half of 2013. Honda has beforehand said that it hopes to be producing 70 to 100 flying sports planes per year by 2014. Independently, Honda publicized that it contracted an agreement with Skyservice Business Aviation of Canada to reinforce sales of the aircraft in that country.