Business Jet Developed by Honda
The Honda HA-420 HondaJet is the first business jet developed by Honda Aircraft Company. The light business jet was designed in Japan and then developed is manufactured in Greensboro, North Carolina in the United States. Honda approved commercial development of the HondaJet in 2004. The HondaJet made its world debut on 28 July 2005, at EAA AirVenture (Oshkosh Airshow). Honda then announced on 25 July 2006 at Oshkosh Airshow that it would commercialize the HondaJet.
The HondaJet’s over-the-wing engine mount configuration was designed to maximize cabin space, and for achieving lower wave drag at a high Mach number. The nose and wing are designed for laminar flow, and the main fuselage has a constant profile, making an eventual stretch easier. The combination of engine placement, wing and fuselage was achieved using computer simulations and wind tunnels. Honda states that the combination of lightweight materials, aerodynamics and efficient engines gives the HondaJet up to 20% better fuel efficiency than similar aircraft.
Honda began developing its own small turbofan engine, the HF118, in 1999. This led to the HF120, developed with GE Aviation under the GE-Honda partnership. The HF120 was test-flown on a Cessna Citation CJ1. The engine features a single fan, a two-stage compressor and a two-stage turbine. The GE Honda HF120 received FAA type certification on 13 December 2013, and production certification in 2015.
The passenger area is 5.43 m (17.80 ft) long and has an enclosed toilet. The semi-round cabin is 12.1 ft long, 1.52 m (5.00 ft) wide, and 1.46 m (4.80 ft) high. The aircraft is equipped with a touchscreen 3-display Garmin G3000 glass cockpit system (i.e. most of the cockpit readouts are presented on flat-panel displays).
In 2014, the plane was awarded ‘Best of What’s New’ title by Popular Science magazine.
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