December 17, 2003

Honda develops experimental business jet

Torrance, California – Honda Motor Company announced that the HondaJet, its new experimental compact business jet equipped with Honda-developed HF118 jet engines, successfully completed the initial flight test this month at Piedmont Triad Airport in North Carolina.

Compared with conventional jets, this HondaJet offers better fuel efficiency and more cabin space, said the company. The engines are positioned on the upper surface of the main wing in a configuration that reduces drag at high speed and increases cruising efficiency. This layout also eliminates the need for structural engine mounts in the fuselage, creating over 30% more cabin space than in a conventional aircraft.

The fuselage is a compact and lightweight unified carbon composite structure. The main wing, which features aluminum skin panels chiseled from single sheets of aluminum that provide a smoother surface than conventional wing configurations, along with Honda’s proprietary turbulence-reducing laminar airfoil, work together to significantly improve aerodynamic performance. Additional drag-reducing technologies include the fuselage nose, which is designed to generate laminar flow. These features, in combination with Honda’s fuel-efficient HF118 Turbofan Engine, provide fuel efficiency over 40% better than conventional aircraft.

The experimental aircraft is also outfitted with a state-of-the-art glass cockpit with an integrated avionics system, as well as an autopilot function, anti-icing equipment, and other systems. The jet is scheduled to undergo approximately 200 hours of flight-testing to demonstrate and verify the operability and performance characteristics of its various systems.

Honda began research into compact business jets in 1986, using engines provided by other manufacturers. The HF118 Turbofan Engine-equipped HondaJet experimental compact jet is the first Honda developed aircraft to be outfitted with a Honda engine, a milestone of significance for the company and the industry.

Provisional name: HondaJet

  • Seating: 6 (2 crew + 4 passengers or 1 + 5)

  • Engine: Honda HF118 Turbofan Engine
  • Maximum take-off thrust (kgf (lbf)): 757 (1,670) x 2
  • Maximum take-off weight (kgf (lbf)): 4,173 (9,200)
  • Length_width_height (m (ft)): 12.5_12.2_4.1 (41.1_39.9_13.2)
  • Maximum speed (km/hr (knots)): 778 (420)
  • Service ceiling (m(ft)): 12,497 (41,000)
  • Range (km (nm)): 2,037 (1,100)
  • Fuel consumption (km/kg (nm/lb)): 3.3 (0.8)
  • Take-off distance (m (ft)): 807 (2,647)
  • Landing distance(m (ft)): 694 (2,277)

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