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HondaJet Certification Delayed

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Honda Aircraft Co. confirmed this week it will delay until late 2014 its certification effort for the HondaJet light business jet to accommodate more testing for the aircraft's GE Honda Aero engines. The company announced last October that it was aiming for full FAA certification in the first half of 2013 with deliveries to customers to follow before year-end. Honda Aircraft said it now expects the jet's engines to be certified late this year. The company has not yet set a new delivery schedule.

Aircraft are already on the line at the company's Greensboro, N.C., production facility, and the company says it will provide more details about the HondaJet delivery schedule sometime later this year. Honda's facility at Piedmont Triad International Airport employs about 800 people and the manufacturer is currently working to complete a $20 million customer service facility there. The company says its hiring and construction goals remain on target and it is still hiring. Honda is committed to adding more than 400 jobs to support the program.

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