Honda Aircraft Company (Greensboro, NC, US) has received provisional type certification (PTC) from the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA, Washington, DC, US) for the HondaJet, based on certification testing, design reviews, and analyses completed to date.
“Provisional type certification for the HondaJet is a tremendous milestone for the program, and we are pleased to reach this significant step toward customer deliveries and entry into service,” said Honda Aircraft Company president and CEO Michimasa Fujino. “Honda Aircraft has completed nearly all of the testing and reports required by the FAA, and we are very close to achieving final type certification for the world’s most advanced light jet.”
A provisional type certificate is a design approval by the FAA and is common for business jets when final certification is near. Honda Aircraft has demonstrated that the HondaJet is safe for flight and meets the airworthiness standards defined by the PTC.
Honda Aircraft is targeting final FAA type certification in the next few months, following the completion of final testing and approval by the FAA.
The four HondaJets in the flight test fleet have performed as expected and flown more than 2,500 hours, with extensive testing for certification conducted at over 70 locations in the US.
The HondaJet is being manufactured at Honda Aircraft Company’s world headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina, where aircraft production is underway in preparation for customer deliveries. The final assembly line is full with 12 aircraft and another five are currently in the production flow. Honda Aircraft will begin first deliveries after FAA type certification is achieved.
The HondaJet was developed from a clean sheet design and incorporates advanced technologies and innovations from long-term Honda research including: Over-The-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM) configuration, natural-laminar flow wing and composite fuselage. Honda Aircaft cites these combined innovations as enabling the HondaJet to be the fastest, most spacious and most fuel-efficient jet in its class.