FAA clears HondaJet for delivery

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GREENSBORO, N.C. -- More than 2,000 people, including federal, state and local leaders, were on hand Wednesday evening as HondaJet received type certification from the FAA.

The FAA presented the type certificate to Honda Aircraft Company President and CEO Michimasa Fujino after more than 20 years of planning and testing.

“Achieving FAA type certification for the HondaJet is a monumental milestone for Honda,” said Fujino. “We established Honda Aircraft as a new aerospace company and introduced our first product -- an advanced light jet with technologies developed from serious research activities. We designed, tested, and have now certified this clean-sheet design aircraft -- an unprecedented challenge for Honda.”

With the green light from the FAA in place, Honda Aircraft says it’s now ramping up production in Greensboro with 25 aircraft on the final assembly line. The Honda Aircraft workforce is nearing 1,700 people, as the company prepares to sell its first jet by the end of the year.

The jets, which are estimated to cost around $4.5 million, come in green, blue, yellow, red and silver.

“This is an exciting day for North Carolina and our state’s aerospace industry,” said North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory. “As far back as the Wright Brothers’ first flight at Kitty Hawk, our role in aviation has always been significant. Now, when we look up in the sky, we will see jets made right here in North Carolina. Congratulations to Honda Aircraft Company on this enormous achievement.”