Honda Motor's small passenger jet will not be licensed to fly by authorities in the United States until the second half of 2014, a year later than the company originally planned, Honda said on Tuesday.
Honda's HondaJet.Honda expects the US Federal Aviation Administration to certify the unconventional-looking HondaJet late next year, the company said in a statement. It had initially expected the aircraft to win flight approval in 2013, but this was held up due to a minor issue in the certification procedure, which has since been resolved."There was a minor issue in the process of the engine approval, but the fundamental design of the jet is not being swayed by this," Honda spokesman Shigeki Endo said.Multiple test flights have been successful and Honda is pressing on with more flights, he added.The HondaJet's engines sit on top of its wings, an unusual configuration which the firm says gives it more cabin space and better fuel-efficiency than rival business jets. Source: Reuters
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