Honda Aircraft Co. has reached more technical milestones toward production of the HondaJet at Piedmont Triad International Airport. The company said Monday (July, 26th) at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh air show in Wisconsin that it has finished significant electronic tests for the plane and is now beginning intensive stress testing for the unique fiber-composite body of the HondaJet.
But, breaking into the airplane business is proving to be a little tougher than Honda expected. While renowned for its smooth new-vehicle launches and trouble-free supplier relations in the auto business, the company’s aviation venture is a different story. Honda has delayed delivery of its first commercial airplane, the HA-420 HondaJet, as it works out component problems.
Carrying a price tag of $4.5 million (€3.46 million), Honda’s first private jet, HA-420 HondaJet, will hit the skies in 2012. Keeping true to their reputation of being the pioneers in advanced technology, Honda as fitted the engines above the wing which will help to reduce drag and noise. This in turn will add too fuel efficiency and space in aircraft cabin.
Like the new Boeing 787 Dreamliner, it also features a composite fuselage, which is both lighter and stronger than the traditional alloys used for the main section of the aircraft. Inside, the HondaJet is decked out with a leather interior, with ‘exceptional leg room’ and ‘unique lavatory features’ in chrome and blue.
If you are keen on taking a look at Hondajet then hurry up to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, Wisconsin.