11 JANUARY 2016
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Honda Aircraft has announced starting deliveries of the HondaJet to customers two weeks after obtaining airworthiness certification. The initial deliveries to an undisclosed clients allowed the North Carolina-based manufacturer to meet its goal of handing over aircraft by the year-end.
“I hope we soon will begin to see many HondaJets at airports around the world,” said Michimasa Fujino, president and chief executive of Honda Aircraft.
The US$4.5m light jet with distinctive over-the-wing mounted engines has been in development for nearly a decade.
Honda also established a joint venture with GE Aviation to complete development of the HF120 turbofan engines for the HondaJet.
A Level D flight simulator at Honda’s training centre in Greensboro, North Carolina, is now training customers.
Separately, Embraer also has started to deliver the super-light Legacy 450 to customers. It follows a larger, sister aircraft – the Legacy 500 – into service by more than a year.
The Brazilian civil aeronautics agency ANAC awarded a type certificate for the fly-by-wire Legacy 450 in August 2015. www.hondajet.com www.embraerexecutivejets.com
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