Honda and the Power of Dreams – Part III

Honda and the Power of Dreams

What Makes HondaJet Special?

The business aviation industry is poised for new growth with the launch of HondaJet HA420. This light business jet features cutting edge technology, quality, and efficiency that is characteristic of Honda. Its creator and CEO of Honda Aircraft Co., Mr.Michimasa Fujino prefers to call this an advanced light jet. The HA-420 can fly non-stop from New York to Miami at a speed of 480 mph.

In August 2015, Honda Aircraft Co. had a successful show at the Latin American Business Aviation Conference in Sao Paulo, Brazil taking the HondaJet’s total booking to more than 100. Probably there is no other light jet that has clinched so many orders even before its launch. So what makes this light business jet different from other jets in its class?

Aerodynamic Design

The HondaJet’s design is one major feature that makes it different from other jets. Current business jets have the engines mounted on the rear fuselage. This design requires more strength in the rear fuselage to carry the weight of the engines and there is increased cabin noise especially for passengers seated in the rear. With the OTWEM design of the HondaJet, the placement of engines over the wings maximizes internal space of the fuselage without increasing its size. This also makes it the quietest jet as the odd engine placement above the wings helps in displacing noise and vibration away from the cabin. This Over-The-Wing-Engine-Mounted (OTWEM) design secured Honda Aircraft the award for Innovation in Aeronautics. The International Council of Aeronautical Sciences (ICAS) presented this award to Mr.Michimasa Fujino in September 2014 at St. Petersburg, Russia.

NLF Technology

The HondaJet uses a carbon fiber composite fuselage attached to metal wings. Natural Laminar Flow (NLF) technology was applied to the wing design and fuselage nose shape to reduce aerodynamic drag. This wing design creates a streamlined flow of air over the wings which helps avoid the boundary layer turbulence. The use of this technology has contributed to the HondaJet being 17% more fuel efficient when compared to other light jets. It also contributes to the high cruise speed. For this unique design and technology, Fujino was honored at the Living Legends of Aviation award ceremony held in January 2015 in Beverly Hills.

Pilot Friendly

The HondaJet is built for the pilot’s comfort. It can fly over bad weather as it can go as high as 43,000 feet. It can also take off from short, 3,200 foot runways. The advanced cockpit offers the pilot better visibility and more space. The Honda-customized Garmin 3000 glass avionics system offers high resolution displays for enhanced navigation, flight planning, and control. In addition, the HA-420 features a cruise speed control system to reduce pilot workload. After HondaJet’s FAA type certification, the celebration at Greensboro was capped off by a performance from saxophonist Kenny G. Kenny is also a pilot and acknowledged that after having flown the HondaJet he is impressed by its climb performance. Powered by GE Honda HF-120 turbofan jet engines that are highly fuel-efficient, this beautifully engineered jet is a piece of art.

Passenger’s Delight

The cabin has been designed with 60 cubic feet per passenger and a 43-inch seat. These dimensions were arrived at after ergonomic studies showed that such dimensions could accommodate 98% of the population. The cabin, at over 300 cubic feet is almost 20% larger than its competitors. Ample legroom, an aft lavatory, a generous baggage storage area, and wireless cabin control of lighting and window shades by passengers’ electronic devices make this jet a delight to travel in. Imagine travelling from New York to Martha’s Vineyard in half an hour skipping the ferry. It is certainly tempting.

Distance truly doesn’t matter and there is nothing else in the sky today that reiterates this fact than the HondaJet.

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