The HondaJet is an advanced, lightweight, compact very light jet (VLJ) that features pioneering wing and engine mount designs that have helped achieve far better fuel efficiency, more available cabin and luggage space, and higher cruise speed than conventional aircraft in its class.
A natural-laminar flow (NLF) wing and NLF fuselage nose were developed through extensive analyses and wind tunnel testing - these designs help achieve low drag at high speed together with a high lift coefficient.
A patented over-the-wing engine-mount configuration was developed. This design strategy eliminated the need for a structure to mount the engines to the rear fuselage and, thus, maximizes cabin and luggage space in the fuselage. The configuration is also expected to reduce noise in the cabin. Further, by determining the optimal position for the engines, the over-the-wing mount actually reduces drag at high speed to improve fuel efficiency.
An advanced all-composite fuselage structure, consisting of a combination of honeycomb sandwich structure and co-cured stiffened panels, was developed to reduce weight and manufacturing costs.
HondaJet was designed and developed from the ground up by Honda in the U.S. and Japan. Research work that led to the creation of HondaJet began in 1986. The plane was constructed by Honda R&D Americas in North Carolina and all flight tests have been conducted in the U.S..
Major ground tests such as structural proof tests, control-system proof test, system function tests and ground vibration tests were completed by December 2003.
HondaJet has recorded more than 240 flight hours through July 2006
HondaJet has achieved an altitude of 43,000 feet and a speed of 412 knots
Basic Design Specifications:
Following are the basic specification of the prototype HondaJet design:
Seating 6-7 (2 crew + 5 passengers -or- 1 pilot + 6 passengers)
Maximum Speed 778 km/hr (420 knots)
Engine HF-118 Turbofan Engine - x 2
Length x Width x Height 12.67 x 12.2 x 4.1 m (41.6 x 39.9 x 13.2 ft)
Operational Ceiling 12,497 m (41,000 ft)
Range 2,037 km (1,100 nm)