Malgré la déconfiture d'Eclipse, le "proof of concept" perdure. Premières livraisons prévues fin 2011 au lieu de 2010. Installations à Greensboro.
Sur Aviation Week :
Honda Aircraft Company is pushing back the delivery of its $3.9 million HondaJet by a year, citing delays in the supply chain, the company announced last week. Honda Aircraft now plans
to fly the aircraft in January 2010 and receive certification and begin delivery by late 2011. First customer delivery was originally anticipated in late 2010.
Global aerospace business challenges have slowed the delivery of key components for conforming aircraft production, the company said. "We have been working very closely with our suppliers over the past year in an effort to minimize the effect of the ongoing worldwide economic instability on HondaJet development," said Michimasa Fujino, Honda Aircraft Company president and chief executive. "Unfortunately, we now have no choice but to revise our schedule."
Despite the delays, Honda has continued its flight-test program with a proof-of-concept HondaJet. The proof-of-concept has accumulated more than 425 flight-test hours, reached
speeds of 420 knots and flown to a maximum altitude of 43,000 feet.
Meanwhile, Honda Aircraft is continuing to expand its Greensboro,
N.C. facilities, where the HondaJet will be built. The company recently completed a 170,000-square-foot research and development facility, which will house production of the first
conforming HondaJets. The facility also will serve as a customer delivery center.
The Greensboro complex also includes a headquarters building that houses engineering, sales, support, marketing and administrative functions.
Honda Aircraft also will break ground this summer on a HondaJet production facility. The addition of the facility will increase HondaJet's total space in Greensboro to 500,000 square feet. The center also will include flight training facilities.
"We are moving forward confidently with the HondaJet program with the full backing and strength of our parent, Honda Motor Company," Fujino said. Honda Aircraft, which launched its sales effort for the plane in October 2006, has orders for more than 100 of the aircraft.