Honda is making bold claims in the aerospace segment with its private business class jet the HondaJet. Described as a breakthrough in aeronautics by the makers, the Over-The-Wing Engine Mount was engineered and proven by Honda after more than 20 years of extensive research and development.
“This innovative technology not only breaks the conventional mould set by the aerospace industry, but also provides category-leading advancements such as a more spacious cabin, noise reduction, and increased fuel efficiency,” a statement from Honda read.
The HondaJet claims to be the world’s most advanced light business jet aircraft, with best-in-class advantages in performance, comfort, quality and efficiency. It further boasts to be the fastest, highest-flying, quietest, and most fuel-efficient jet in its class.
“The HondaJet incorporates many technological innovations in aviation design, including the unique Over-The-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM) configuration that dramatically improves performance and fuel efficiency by reducing aerodynamic drag. The OTWEM design also reduces cabin sound, minimises ground-detected noise, and allows for the roomiest cabin in its class, the largest baggage capacity, and a fully serviceable private aft lavatory,” the statement added.
The HondaJet is powered by two highly fuel-efficient GE Honda HF120 turbofan jet engines, and is equipped with the most sophisticated glass flight deck available in any light business jet, a Honda-customised Garmin® G3000 next-generation, all-glass avionics system composed of three 14-inch landscape-format displays and dual touch-screen controllers. The HondaJet is Honda’s first commercial aircraft and lives up to the company’s reputation for superior performance, efficiency, quality and value.
INNOVATIONS: OVER-THE-WING ENGINE MOUNT DESIGN
Move the engine. Shift expectations.
NATURAL LAMINAR FLOW WING AND NOSE
Natural Laminar Flow (NLF) maximizes performance.
Advancements in aerodynamics and NLF technology were applied to the design of the main wing airfoil and fuselage nose shape of the HondaJet to reduce aerodynamic drag. This cutting-edge engineering innovation contributes to high cruising speed and increased fuel efficiency.
The HondaJet cockpit is built for optimum safety based on thoughtful ergonomic design and state-of-the-art situational awareness. First, we give the pilot more space and greater visibility; next, fewer intrusions and more intuition. Our Garmin® G3000 next-generation all-glass avionics system brings pilot and aircraft closer together with touch-screen technology. The dual touch-screen controllers and three 14-inch landscape high-resolution displays offer enhanced navigation, flight planning, and control. The cockpit is unquestionably built around the pilot to enable either single-pilot or dual-pilot operation of the HondaJet.
The next generation of flight.
The Honda Aircraft Company has recreated the business jet from the ground up with a truly clean sheet design. By mounting engines over the wing, designing Natural Laminar Flow for the wing and fuselage, and applying other innovations, the HondaJet outperforms all other aircraft in its class. The culmination of cutting-edge innovation makes the HondaJet the world’s most advanced light business jet. It climbs and cruises faster, soars higher, offers more room and less noise, and uses less fuel.
From the sky, a greater appreciation of the Earth.
At home, miles above it.
It’s called cabin space, and HondaJet provides more of it than any other jet in its class. But to you and your fellow passengers, it’s much more than a cabin. It’s a workspace, thinking space, quiet space, and a relaxing space. These are the true inspirations behind the HondaJet’s interior and why Honda designers meticulously considered every detail — from the completely adjustable executive seating to the fully private lavatory and a host of other modern amenities.
The HondaJet will travel from Japan to Europe for the 15th annual European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland, May 19 – May 21. For the first time, the HondaJet will be on static display at the Geneva International Airport as part of Honda Aircraft Company’s presence at Europe’s largest business aviation event.
“We are excited to bring the HondaJet to EBACE and showcase its performance capabilities in Europe,” said Fujino. “The HondaJet has broad appeal in this region with its speed, superior efficiency, and a range that connects most of the major cities in Europe and the United Kingdom.”
The HondaJet has received provisional type certification (PTC) from the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This achievement indicates the FAA’s approval of the HondaJet design based on certification testing, design reviews, and analyses completed to date.
A provisional type certificate is a design approval by the FAA and is common for business jets when final certification is near. Honda Aircraft has demonstrated that the HondaJet is safe for flight and meets the airworthiness standards defined by the PTC.
Melvin Taylor, manager of the FAA’s Atlanta Aircraft Certification Office (ACO), said:
“It is a pleasure for the Atlanta ACO to issue Honda Aircraft Company a provisional type certificate for the Model HA-420. It is a milestone event for a first time aircraft manufacturer to receive its first type certificate. This issuance speaks well to the hard work put forward by all the Honda and FAA staff working in a collaborative manner. The Atlanta ACO takes pride in being part of Honda’s introduction of such an advanced and uniquely designed aircraft to the aviation market. We look forward to continuing our collaboration with Honda as we move to final completion of their HA-420 approval.”
Honda Aircraft is targeting final FAA type certification in the next few months, following the completion of final testing and approval by the FAA. General Statistics
Maximum Cruise Speed @ FL300420KTAS
Maximum Cruise AltitudeFL430
Rate of Climb3990 ft / min
NBAA IFR Range (4 occupants) 1180 nm
Takeoff distance<4000 ft
Landing distance<3000 ft
Manufacturer / ModelGE Honda / HF120
Output (Uninstalled Thrust) 2050 lbf each derated from 2095 each
Height14.90 ft [4.54 m]
Wing Span39.76 ft [12.12m]
Length42.62 ft [12.99m]
Interior Cabin Dimensions
Height4.80 ft [1.46 m]
Length17.80 ft [5.43 m]
Width5.00 ft [1.52 m]
External Baggage Space
Total66 cubic ft
Within aft section57 cubic ft
Within nose section9 cubic ft
Typical configuration1 crew + 5 pax (2 crew + 4 pax)
Alternative configuration1 crew + 6 pax (2 crew + 5 pax)