With a demonstration flight that included several flybys and a perfect landing in front of a packed crowd of aviation enthusiasts, the experimental HondaJet made its public world debut today at the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture 2005 in Oshkosh, Wis. AirVenture is the world's largest annual aviation gathering.
Boasting a number of innovations including a patented over-the-wing engine-mount configuration, a natural-laminar flow (NLF) wing and fuselage nose, and an advanced all-composite fuselage structure, the experimental HondaJet is an advanced, lightweight, compact business jet that features far better fuel efficiency, more available space in the fuselage, and higher cruise speed than conventional aircraft in its class. The HondaJet is powered by two Honda HF-118 engines, each rated at 1,670-pound thrust at takeoff power.
"This public world debut of the HondaJet represents the continued advancement of Honda's long-standing dream of aviation," said Michimasa Fujino, HondaJet project leader and vice president of Honda R&D Americas, Inc. "We are pleased and excited to be able to share this dream and our technology with the aviation community."
Honda first announced the achievement of HondaJet in December 2003, shortly after HondaJet took its first test flight from its base at Piedmont Triad Airport in Greensboro, N.C.
"HondaJet's construction and testing in the U.S. is also evidence
of Honda R&D's continued growth and deepening roots in America,"
The result of 19 years of research on small aircraft, HondaJet includes a series of innovations. The NLF wing and NLF fuselage nose were developed through extensive analyses and wind-tunnel testing. These designs help HondaJet achieve a low drag coefficient.
HondaJet's patented over-the-wing engine-mount configuration helps eliminate the need for a structure to mount the engines to the rear fuselage and, thus, maximizes the space in the fuselage. Further, by determining the optimal position for the engines, the over-the-wing mount actually reduces drag at high speed to improve fuel efficiency.
The advanced all-composite fuselage structure consists of a combination of honeycomb sandwich structure and co-cured stiffened panels. It was developed to reduce weight and manufacturing costs. This experimental aircraft is also outfitted with a state-of-the-art glass cockpit with an integrated avionics system, as well as an autopilot function.
To date the HondaJet has completed more than 156 hours of flight-testing since December 2003. So far it has achieved an altitude of 43,000 feet and a speed of 393 knots (at ISA+8 degC condition).
|Seating||6 (2crew + 4 passengers or 1 + 5)|
|Engine||Honda HF118 Turbofan Engine - x 2|
|Maximum take-off thrust||757 kgf (1,670 lbf) x 2|
|Length x width x height||12.5 x 12.2 x 4.1 m (41.1 x 39.9 x 13.2 ft)|
|Maximum speed||778 km/hr (420 knots)|
|Operational ceiling||12,497 m (41,000 ft)|
|Range||2,037 km (1,100 nm)|
Honda is one of the world's leading producers of mobility products including its diverse line-up of automobiles, motorcycles and ATVs, power products, marine engines and personal watercraft. Honda is the world's preeminent engine-maker, with annual worldwide production of more than 19 million engines. On a global basis, Honda has more than 130 manufacturing facilities in 29 nations.
Honda began operations in North America in 1959 with the establishment of American
Honda Motor Co., Inc., Honda's first overseas subsidiary. Honda began assembling
motorcycles in America in 1979, with U.S. automobile manufacturing starting
in 1982. Honda now employs more than 26,000 Americans in the design, manufacture
and marketing of its products in America. Honda currently builds products in
12 manufacturing plants in North America, with three major R&D centers in