Honda May Enter Airplane Market Soon

Honda is applying its practical automotive design to small jet airplanes and may be soon jetting individuals off into the wild blue yonder.

According to this Wall Street Journal blog article, “Motor Co.’s aircraft unit said it began flight testing of its fifth HondaJet aircraft. The company said the test is a significant step toward FAA certification of the light-jet design, which is designed for business and personal use.”

Honda has been developing a HondaJet for decades and seems to be closer than ever to its sky-high goal. The HondaJet still has standards and safety tests to go through, but with the most recent model of the HondaJet completing a successful test flight, things are headed in the right direction (up).

“An aircraft’s first flight is an important and emotional milestone,” said Honda Aircraft Co. president and chief executive Michimasa Fujino. “This is especially true for our fifth FAA-conforming HondaJet,” he said.

While the $4.5 million price tag is definitely more than your average Honda automobile, it seems like a pretty reasonable deal and HondaJet promises to have better gas mileage than other light aircraft, which is important in keeping jet ownership costs down (wouldn’t want to have start charging yourself ridiculous baggage fees like major airlines do in order to compensate for the price of fuel). What do you think? Would you purchase a HondaJet for you business? Would your ride in one or do small aircraft make you nervous no matter the maker?

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