Honda Aircraft Co.’s F3 jet successfully completed its first flight on May 4, the company said.
Stefan Johansson, pilot-in-command, and Howard Judd, co-pilot, took off from Honda Aircraft 's headquarters at the Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, North Carolina, at 10:57 a.m.
Honda Aircraft said the F3 performed smoothly during the 74-minute flight, reaching 11,500 feet and 313 Knots True Air Speed (KTAS).
Michimasa Fujino, president and CEO of Honda Aircraft Co., said: "The first flight of the F3 shows the steady advancement on our course toward delivering to our customers an aircraft that offers not only superior performance, efficiency and comfort, but also superior quality. We continue to see refinements in the reliability and quality of our aircraft."
Honda Aircraft has now completed four aircraft conforming to the requirements of the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration as part of a development program for a new business jet. The F3 is to be used primarily to test avionics and electrical systems.
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