Honda Aircraft received a production certificate from the U.S. FAA for its HA-420 HondaJet, positioning the company to ramp up the program, the company announced today. This clears the way for Honda Aircraft to produce, flight test and issue airworthiness certificates of the HondaJet for customer deliveries rather than having each one individually signed off by the FAA.
“This is a great achievement for our company as an aircraft manufacturer, and it is a very important milestone for ramping up production,” said Honda Aircraft president and CEO Michimasa Fujino.
Melvin Johnson, manager of FAA’s Small Aircraft Directorate for the Central Region, presented the production certificate to Honda Aircraft on July 8 at the company’s Greensboro, N.C. manufacturing plant.
The authorization comes a little more than six months after the FAA granted type certificate for the light jet. The Greensboro, N.C.-based aircraft manufacturer has since obtained European and Mexican validations of the aircraft and delivered five HondaJets through the end of the first quarter.