The FAA has issued a production certificate to Honda Aircraft Co. for the HondaJet, citing the manufacturer’s “continuing commitment to quality and safety.” The production certificate authorizes Greensboro, North Carolina-based Honda Aircraft to produce, flight test, and issue airworthiness certificates for the advanced light jet that features a patented over-the-wing engine configuration. The HondaJet received its FAA type certificate last year.
The HondaJet is the company’s first commercial aircraft, and Honda stakes a claim for HondaJet as “the fastest, highest-flying, quietest, and most fuel-efficient jet in its class.”
The engine configuration for which the aircraft is known “dramatically improves performance and fuel efficiency by reducing aerodynamic drag,” Honda Aircraft noted in the July 11 press release. The over-the-wing engine mount also reduces cabin sound, minimizes ground-detected noise, and allows for the roomiest cabin in its class, the largest baggage capacity, and a fully serviceable private aft lavatory.” Courtesy of AOPA.