The HA-420 HondaJet is the first aircraft designed and produced by the Honda Motor Company. First conceived in the 90s, the jet made its first flight in 2003. Undergoing many flight testing bumps and delays, Honda redesigned the aircraft and developed a new final-production conforming aircraft which first flew on December 21, 2010.
The HondaJet is an incredibly unique aircraft with a variety of technological advancements being included in the design. With an all-composite body, the fuselage is extremely lightweight, cutting down on fuel costs and environmental impact. Perhaps the most noticeable feature of the light business jet is the over-the-wing podded engine configuration. Although an extremely atypical design, Honda chose this feature in order to increase room within the cabin and decrease overall noise heard by passengers.
Currently undergoing flight testing and FAA certification processes, the HondaJet will begin deliveries in 2012. Accommodating four passengers in club seating, the HondaJet boasts a fully private lavatory with a class-best 66 cubic feet of external baggage storage. With approximately 70 frames being made per year when production ramps up, look for the HondaJet to be a big player in the very light jet category in years to come.
EAA’s AirVenture 2010 just finished in Oshkosh, WI. The annual convention, trade show and fly in was attended by over 500,000 people last year and hosted over 750 exhibitors and 10,000 aircraft, including many from the business aviation sector. The event was held, as always, at the Wittman Regional Airport in Oshkosh. This airport is a popular destination for corporate and charter flights to the area as it’s well serviced, well maintained, and friendly to the needs of on-demand travel.
Honda brought their flagship HondaJet to showcase to many prospective buyers, and the NBAA (National Business Aviation Association), of which Magellan Jets is a member, held several seminars in addition to their presence as an exhibitor. Embraer, maker of the popular Legacy large-cabin business jet, showcased both the small Phenom 100 and the much larger Phenom 300. These jets manage to combine comfort and cost-effectivness in a way other light jets can’t. Over 120 Phenoms have been delivered and many more are on order, including many for charter operators.
Airventure 2010 once again helped showcase not only the spirit of private aviation but also the practicality by allowing people from all across the country to fly themselves in directly, bypassing the hassle of long security lines, ground delays, and diverted flights. Magellan Jets looks forward to the coming year and the exciting developments it will bring in the business and private aviation world that will be highlighted at next year’s EAA Airventure.
What kind of Honda do you own? Is it a new HondaJet. Yes Honda has been getting buzz from aviation specialists, media, and other enthusiasts about their first ever aircraft. Possibly the most innovative and technologically advanced private plane ever constructed will be hitting the market as soon as the third quarter of 2012 with a $4.5 million dollar price tag. The HondaJet is taking a leap forward in aviation design with engines mounted above the wing, a composite fuelage, a leather interior, and “
unique lavatory features” in chrome and blue. Honda says the cutting edge fuselage design reduces drag, cuts noise pollution on the ground, and improves space in the cabin. Expect to see this aircraft joining the ranks of the Embraer Phenom and Eclipse 500 in the Very Light Jet category soon!
Honda Aircraft Company of the new HondaJet by a year. The company announced last week that the aircraft now plans to receive certification by late 2011. Global aerospace business challenges have slowed the delivery of key components for conforming aircraft production. Honda continues its flight-test program on the jet which has reached speeds of 420 knots and a max altitude of 43,000 feet/ The company continues to expand its Greensboro, NC facilities where the jet is being built. This is also the company delivery center.