Honda Showcases New Interior for HondaJet

    Development Announced of Full-Motion Flight Simulator

    ATLANTA, Sept. 25 /CNW/ - Honda Aircraft Company, Inc., today announced
advancements to the HondaJet design at the annual National Business Aviation
Association convention, including a new interior design concept for the
advanced light jet along with new exterior color scheme studies.
    Honda Aircraft Company also announced a partnership with Flight Safety
International to create a new flight simulator and pilot training program for
    HondaJet's new interior concept was introduced with a special focus on
human fit, ergonomic efficiency and safety for the customer. Honda has created
a cabin environment befitting the company's reputation for world-class
engineering and attention to detail in the quality of materials, design and
    The new HondaJet interior concept was created by designers at the Honda
R&D America, Inc. Los Angeles Center. The new HondaJet interior concept
features cabin seats that slide and rotate; a new tray table design; and
countertops with a unique new black marble veneer.
    HondaJet's new cockpit design incorporated learning from extensive study
on the human factors of pilots and pays special attention to the layout. The
production version of HondaJet will also incorporate an all-glass avionics
package developed for HondaJet by Garmin(R).
    Honda also provided a glimpse into potential additional production
colors, with colours on display including a brilliant HondaJet Silver Metallic
and a rich HondaJet Red, as well as versions in HondaJet Green and HondaJet
    "From the beginning, it has been our goal to bring new value to the field
of aviation," said Michimasa Fujino, president & CEO, Honda Aircraft Company.
"With a focus on innovation we will continue our efforts to deliver a product
of outstanding performance, quality and comfort with the best sales and
service operation to exceed customer expectations."
    As part of its continuing commitment to safety, Honda Aircraft Company
announced that it has established a partnership with Flight Safety
International (FSI) to conduct the HondaJet pilot training program, including
the development of a Level-D full motion flight simulator for HondaJet. The
first simulator will be installed at Honda Aircraft Company's new headquarters
facility in Greensboro, North Carolina. Additional training facilities will be
established in the future as HondaJet sales grow.
    The company also provided an update on FAA type certification for
HondaJet. Working closely with the FAA, Honda Aircraft Company anticipates its
first test flight of a conforming model in early 2009, with the overall
timetable calling for the on-schedule achievement of type certification in

    About HondaJet

    HondaJet, Honda's first-ever commercial aircraft, lives up to the
company's reputation for dynamic performance together with superior
efficiency, delivering class-topping cruise speed and fuel efficiency, greater
luggage capacity and a more spacious cabin with seating for up to eight
people, compared to other products in the very light jet (VLJ) class. All
major assembly and testing of the prototype HondaJet has been conducted at the
company's existing Greensboro, North Carolina, facility which opened in 2001
as an extension of Honda's global R&D operations.
    In late June, Honda broke ground for a new facility in Greensboro that
will replace the company's existing complex. Phase one of construction will be
completed in spring 2008, and will consist of offices, research facilities and
an airplane hangar. The HondaJet production facility is currently in the
design phase, with construction planned to begin following the completion of
the headquarters. The company is on target to begin deliveries of HondaJet to
customers in 2010.
    Honda Aircraft Company, Inc., is a wholly owned subsidiary of Honda Motor
Co., Ltd., Tokyo, Japan.

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