Honda's first personal jet is a tiny flying wonder

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Screw flying cars—I just want the flying. The first production unit of Honda's first ever airplane has taken to the skies for the first time in Greensboro, North Carolina. This flight is a major milestone towards its certification—and a great excuse to post a gallery of HondaJet F3 porn. The cockpit is great.

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Look at those giant window panels. It feels like a futuristic car inside.

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The first production aircraft lifted off from the Piedmont Triad International Airport (KGSO) at 10:18 a.m. Eastern Daylight Time. During the 84-minute flight, the aircraft climbed to 15,500 feet and reached a speed of 348 Knots True Airspeed (KTAS). Following a smooth landing, the aircraft and its crew were greeted by more than 1,000 Honda Aircraft team members to commemorate the milestone.

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DISCUSSION

Is it traditional for the hand controls to have an inverted button layout left pilot position to right pilot position, or do the pilots purchase a yoke to fit their "handedness" depending on what their cockpit position is?