- March 31, 2011, 1:17 PM
Honda Aircraft announced this week that its first production-conforming HondaJet achieved the model’s planned maximum speed during flight testing. The light twinjet reached 425 ktas at 30,000 feet and a maximum Mach of 0.72 above 30,000 feet during a March 11 flight from the company’s Greensboro, N.C. headquarters. “We are extremely pleased with the strong performance of the FAA-conforming HondaJet early in the flight-test program,” said Honda Aircraft president and CEO Michimasa Fujino. “Our flight tests indicate the aircraft is handling and performing as expected with excellent control harmony and stability. According to a company spokesman, the announcement was postponed in deference to the disaster in Japan, which occurred the same day as the flight. Honda’s second conforming aircraft has undergone structural testing and three others are in various phases of construction. The company’s new Greensboro production facility is nearing completion ahead of the anticipated 2012 HondaJet production ramp-up.