The American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA) announced that Michimasa Fujino, lead HondaJet designer and President and CEO of Honda Aircraft Company, will receive the 2021 Reed Aeronautics Award “for the invention of advanced aerodynamic and structural techniques.” Fujino will be presented with the award during the AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala on August 12, 2021.
The AIAA Reed Aeronautics Award is the highest honor an individual can receive for a notable achievement in aeronautics that represents a significant engineering advancement milestone. Fujino’s clean-sheet aircraft design introduced innovations in aviation technology, including the Over-The-Wing Engine Mount and Natural Laminar Flow wing and fuselage. The HondaJet is the first, and only, business jet to include these technologies.
“I am honored to be recognized by the AIAA with the 2021 Reed Aeronautics Award and, on behalf of the entire HondaJet team, we are proud to be presented with this tremendous accolade,” said Fujino. “It is a great privilege to be recognized by such a distinguished organization for the HondaJet’s advanced aerodynamic and structural technologies. As a leading mobility technology company, Honda Aircraft will continue to invest in leading-edge technologies that become the new standard in the industry.”
AIAA President Basil Hassan added, “Dr. Fujino’s dedication to utilizing cutting-edge aeronautical technologies to create new value in business aviation with the HondaJet is an inspiration to the global aerospace industry. AIAA is committed to ensuring that aerospace professionals are recognized and celebrated for their achievements, innovations, and discoveries that make the world safer, more connected, more accessible, and more prosperous. Dr. Fujino’s passion for innovation makes him a deserving recipient of this year’s Reed Aeronautics Award.”
The HondaJet’s Over-The-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM) configuration produces what Fujino calls “favorable interference” by optimizing the design and placement of the engine nacelles. It combines the airflow over the wing with the airflow around the engine to reduce wave drag at high speeds, and significantly improves aircraft performance and efficiency. Moreover, the OTWEM configuration creates more space for the cabin and external cargo areas. The configuration also reduces cabin noise.
The advanced technologies introduced by the HondaJet also include a newly developed natural laminar flow (NLF) wing and fuselage nose, carbon composite fuselage, and advanced cockpit and interior design, which give the HondaJet the best performance and comfort in its class. A proven industry disruptor, the HondaJet has been the most delivered aircraft in its class for four consecutive years since 2017.
The Reed Aeronautics Award is named after Dr. Sylvanus A. Reed, the aeronautical engineer, designer, and founding member of the Institute of Aeronautical Sciences in 1932. Past recipients of the award include Clarence L. Johnson for the SR-71, Ben R. Rich for the F-117, Preston A. Henne for the MD-80 and Gulfstream aircraft, and Elbert L. Rutan for Voyager.
About the HondaJet Elite
The HondaJet Elite is the fastest, farthest and highest-flying plane in its class. The HondaJet Elite incorporates Honda Aircraft's many technological innovations, including the unique Over-The-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM) configuration, Natural Laminar Flow (NLF) nose and wing, and composite fuselage. The aircraft is also powered by the GE Honda Aero Engines HF120. All of these advancements contribute to the aircraft's superior performance, unparalleled efficiency and maximized fuselage space, making the aircraft's cabin the largest in its class. The HondaJet Elite cabin features a full service galley, a private lavatory with optional belted seat and an industry-first Bongiovi sound system. The aircraft sets the gold standard in safety and human-machine interface technology with an ergonomically designed cockpit and enhanced customized Garmin® G3000 avionics suite.
Honda Aircraft continues to be committed to improving lives through personal mobility, while living in a sustainable society. The HondaJet Elite remains significantly more fuel efficient and emits less greenhouse gases than all other similarly sized twin-engine business jets. Certified for single pilot operations, the HondaJet Elite continues to live up to the company's reputation for superior performance, efficiency, quality, and value.
About Honda Aircraft Company
Honda Aircraft Company is a wholly owned subsidiary of American Honda Motor Co., Inc. Founded in 2006, Honda Aircraft's world headquarters is located in North Carolina, the birthplace of aviation. The challenging spirit upon which Mr. Soichiro Honda founded Honda Motor Co., Ltd. is alive today as Honda Aircraft fulfills one of Honda's longstanding dreams to advance human mobility skyward.
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