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HondaJet a step closer to FAA certification

Honda Aircraft completes the first flight of its FAA-conforming HondaJet advanced light business jet.

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Honda Aircraft this week is one more step closer to making HondaJet a reality. The company, which plans to deliver light business aircraft in 2012, completed an FAA-conforming flight.

The nearly one-hour test flight took place on Monday from the company's Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, N.C.

The HondaJet has already undergone a number of FAA structural tests and will have to pass on additional structural test and another flight test to be certified. The company plans to take HondaJet into full production at its Greensboro plant.

"We are very encouraged by our initial review of the flight data, which indicates the conforming HondaJet performed as expected. As we move forward, we will continue to focus all of our efforts and energy to deliver to our customers the most advanced light business jet yet created," Michimasa Fujino, Honda Aircraft Company president and CEO, said in a statement.

The company also reports it has contracted with major component suppliers GKN Aerospace--Alabama, Avcorp Industries, and Garmin International, to deliver the eight-passenger jet.

HondaJet promises better cruising fuel efficiency than comparable jets, along with a class-topping cruise speed of 420 knots (450 mph).

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