HondaJet To Go On The Market

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The HondaJet's flight toward certification has begun, an enthusiastic Michimasa Fujino told a crowd of reporters yesterday morning at EAA AirVenture. Under dazzling lights that bathed the jet in a brilliant glow, Fujino, who designed the airplane and has shepherded its creation, announced that Honda is now committed to take the jet to the marketplace. Honda will form a new company based in the United States to see the project through to certification and production. But they won't go it alone -- Honda is teaming up with Piper Aircraft to provide a global sales and service network. Certification is expected in three to four years. Honda will start taking orders later this year. The enthusiastic reception for the HondaJet at AirVenture 2005 was a major factor leading to this year's announcement, said Jeffrey Smith, Honda spokesman. "The warm reception and enthusiasm for the jet were overwhelming and encouraging," he said.