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Low-speed wind-tunnel tests were conducted to obtain the aerodynamic characteristics of the aircraft, using Honda’s own Low-Speed Wind Tunnel as well as the University of Washington’s low-speed wind tunnel. Ground-vibration tests were conducted to measure the vibration modes of the entire aircraft and to establish the correlation with those from the finite element vibration analysis. Proof tests were conducted to substantiate the structural design of the wing and fuselage. A total of 26 computer-controlled actuators were used to apply the simulated air loads, engine loads, and landing gear loads.

   
   
Fuslage Proof test   Wind turnel test   Computer simulation


After the ground tests were completed, the first flight was performed December 3, 2003, at the Piedmont Triad International Airport in North Carolina. The flight-test program began in January 2004. To date, HondaJet has flown in excess of 171 test flights for 242 flight hours.

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