A little over a year ago, Keystone Aviation completed its first customer delivery of the HondaJet HA-420 and the time since has been a whirlwind of activity. In December of 2015, Honda Aircraft Company achieved FAA type certification for their clean sheet aircraft, the HondaJet HA-420. Soon after, Keystone Aviation sent two of its pilots, Jerry Osoro and Jeff Jerman, to HondaJet training in Greensboro, North Carolina. Jerry and Jeff were among the first pilots to be type rated in the HondaJet, becoming Keystone Aviation’s very own HondaJet experts.
The HondaJet team at Keystone Aviation has had unwavering dedication to its dealership. The
proof has shown through each of the successful deliveries made since certification. The year of the HondaJet began on New Year’s Eve, 2015. Keystone Aviation’s HondaJet team flew coast-to-coast to make sure our dealership’s first HondaJet owner could ring in the New Year with a new aircraft. The next delivery was to an owner who lives in the mountainous Afton, Wyoming and with an airfield at the elevation of 6,220 FT, the HondaJet performed exceptionally well – clearly living up to its best-in-class reputation.
The first deliveries were just the tip of the iceberg in an action packed year surrounding the world’s most innovative light jet. Last summer, Keystone Aviation participated in two major events highlighting the HondaJet. The first event was one of the most prestigious car shows in the United States, Monterrey Car Week in Pebble Beach. The HondaJet was showcased next to Honda’s new Acura NSX putting on an incredible display of Honda’s innovative and unique technology. Only a few weeks later, the HondaJet was featured in another Concours d’Elegance in
Denver, Colorado benefiting the Morgan Adams Foundation.
One of the most intriguing experiences our HondaJet pilots had during the year was a photoshoot alongside the world-renowned aviation photographer Paul Bowen. The photoshoot took place over some of Southern Utah’s most wondrous places, starting at Zion Nation Park and extending all the way to Lake Powell. The aged red rock as a back drop, combined with the HondaJet’s modern technology resulted in a spectacular collection of aviation photos.
Behind the scenes of all the constant action during this first year of HondaJet deliveries was a large HondaJet support system consisting of Keystone Aviation’s maintenance team. A substantial amount of time and effort was put into preparing for the HondaJet before and after certification. Keystone Aviation’s methodical training and preparation has resulted in a meticulous HondaJet service center. Keystone Aviation mechanics attended multiple HondaJet trainings, prepared the service center with all the proper tools and parts, all while learning how to be one of the first service centers to support this aircraft.
Looking back, it has been a year of hard work, accomplishment and happy HondaJet owners…and we’re excited for more!