GREENSBORO, N.C. — Feb. 25, 2015 — Honda Aircraft Company announced today that the first HondaJet flight simulator has been delivered and is currently being installed at the company’s world headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina. The full motion, Level D simulator was developed in partnership with FlightSafety International and will be located at the HondaJet Training Center on the campus of Honda Aircraft.
“Pilot training is an important factor for safety, and we are putting significant effort and investment into flight training for all of our customers,” said Honda Aircraft Company President and CEO Michimasa Fujino. “The HondaJet flight simulator will be an invaluable training tool in preparing pilots to operate the world’s most advanced light jet. It is part of a customized training program that will use the latest technologies to create a learning experience that is engaging and real to life.”
The HondaJet and its advanced flight deck were designed for simple, intuitive operation while achieving a high degree of safety. To enhance its state-of-the-art safety features, Honda partnered with FlightSafety International to develop the simulator and training program. As the world’s leading aviation training organization and supplier of flight simulators, FlightSafety operates the world’s largest fleet of full-flight simulators and delivers more than 1 million hours of instruction each year to pilots, technicians and other aviation professionals.
The HondaJet flight simulator is a top-of-the-line training device that uses sophisticated software to precisely replicate the flight characteristics of the aircraft. The simulator will be capable of providing a full range of scenarios to help prepare and qualify pilots to safely operate the aircraft.
The simulator was constructed and assembled at FlightSafety’s manufacturing facility in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, with the collaboration of Honda Aircraft. It will be certified to meet both the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) regulations.
The HondaJet is the world’s most advanced light business jet aircraft, with best-in-class advantages in performance, comfort, quality and efficiency. The HondaJet is the fastest, highest-flying, quietest, and most fuel-efficient jet in its class. The HondaJet incorporates many technological innovations in aviation design, including the unique Over-The-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM) configuration that dramatically improves performance and fuel efficiency by reducing aerodynamic drag. The OTWEM design also reduces cabin sound, minimizes ground-detected noise, and allows for the roomiest cabin in its class, the largest baggage capacity, and a fully serviceable private aft lavatory. The HondaJet is powered by two highly fuel-efficient GE Honda HF120 turbofan jet engines, and is equipped with the most sophisticated glass flight deck available in any light business jet, a Honda-customized Garmin® G3000 next-generation, all-glass avionics system composed of three 14-inch landscape-format displays and dual touch-screen controllers. The HondaJet is Honda's first commercial aircraft and lives up to the company’s reputation for superior performance, efficiency, quality and value.
About Honda Aircraft Company
Honda Aircraft Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. Founded in 2006, Honda Aircraft has its heritage in more than 20 years of groundbreaking aeronautical research and development. At Honda Aircraft’s world headquarters in North Carolina, the birthplace of aviation, the company’s associates work in more than 600,000 square feet of state-of-the-art R&D, production, administration and customer service facilities to develop, produce, market and support the HondaJet with HondaJet dealers. The challenging spirit upon which Mr. Soichiro Honda founded Honda Motor Co., Ltd. is alive today as Honda Aircraft fulfills one of Honda’s longstanding dreams to advance human mobility skyward.