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HondaJet on Hold

Engine problems lead to 1-year delay.

by on Oct.11, 2011

The HondaJet is on hold while engineers scurry to solve a problem with its engines.

As if its problems with passenger car production and poor reviews for the latest Civic weren’t enough of a headache, Honda has been hammered again – though this time on the aircraft side of its business.

Problems with the new engine it has developed will force at least a one-year delay in the first delivery of its much-anticipated HondaJet business jet.

The problem is that ice ingested by the engine during ground simulations resulted in “very minor damage” and, perhaps worse, a slight loss in thrust, revealed Michimasa Fujino, the president of Honda Aircraft Co., during an industry conference in Las Vegas.

Fly on in!

The latest delay means the HondaJet won’t take the skies with its first customer until mid-2013, a delay from the planned third-quarter launch this year.  And that was a setback from earlier expectations.  Problems with suppliers shot down an earlier date of 2010.

“I regret that we have to convey this message today,” said Fujino, who noted customers had already been advised of the latest delay.  So far, Honda Aircraft has taken 100 orders.


Honda Takes To The Air With HondaJet’s First “Conforming” Test Flight

First delivery set for 2012.

by on Dec.21, 2010

With FAA approval, Honda hopes to deliver its first business jet in 2012.

Honda Aircraft Company Inc. has successfully completed the first flight of its FAA-conforming HondaJet advanced light business jet.

The event is a significant step in Honda’s aerospace program, which is expected to deliver an aircraft in 2012.

“This is a very important milestone for the HondaJet program,” said Michimasa Fujino, Honda Aircraft Company President and CEO.

“This aircraft was assembled and tested under strict FAA certification processes, and we are very pleased to have achieved this successful first flight. Our team has worked extremely hard to reach this critical step in the HondaJet program, and these results reflect Honda’s focus and determination to develop a class-leading aircraft,” Fujino said.

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The first conforming test of a HondaJet started from Honda Aircraft Company’s world headquarters facility at the Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, North Carolina.