A HondaJet Compact Business Jet is seen in this undated file photo. Courtesy Getty Images.
Greensboro, NC -- Officials with Honda Aircraft Co. say more tests are needed on the HondaJet engine, delaying federal approval of the aircraft for a year.
The News & Record of Greensboro reported that Honda spokesman Andrew Broom says the Federal Aviation Administration isn't expected to certify the engine until the fourth quarter of this year. The company had expected to deliver the $4.5 million jet in late 2013.
Broom says the company is targeting the end of 2014 for FAA certification of the plane.
At full operation, Honda expects to build 100 of the light jets each year at its campus at Piedmont Triad International Airport.
Broom said the company expects to summarize milestones in the jet's development at an aviation convention May 20 in Geneva, Switzerland.