Launched by the power of dreams, HondaJet finally got the nod from Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to start full-fledged production of its light . In 1986, Michimasa Fujino, then an Engineer with Honda channelized this dream into action by initiating research and development to build a Honda aircraft. He sketched the concept of a HondaJet in 1997. He did not know that it would take nearly 20 years to turn this dream into a reality. Honda has established itself as the world’s leading manufacturer of automobiles since 1948. The founder Soichiro Honda had hoped to build airplanes in the 1960’s. So what led to the design of this jet? It was a result of intellectual thinking and a desire to dream high and dream big. The HondaJet creator and his team thought about how they could make a business jet more efficient, more elegant and more advanced. This led to the company’s grand debut in the aviation industry with the HondaJet.
For more than 80 years, the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has been working to make America’s skies the safest in the world. An FAA type certification (TC) is a pre-requisite for U.S manufactured aircrafts to be sold and operated in the U.S and elsewhere in the world. On Dec 8th 2015, Honda Aircraft employees, suppliers, government officials, and the media watched as Michimasa Fujino, currently the President and CEO of Honda Aircraft received the FAA type certification for this . It was a momentous occasion for the 1700 employees at Honda Aircraft’s headquarters at Greensboro, North Carolina. They had enough reason to be proud because they were the ones who were involved in different stages of the jet’s development, including test flights that were conducted at more than 70 locations across the U.S.
The HondaJet is the world’s fastest, highest-flying, quietest, most fuel-efficient, and most spacious . It uses an over-the-wing engine mount (OTWEM) design that is a breakthrough in the aeronautical field. OTWEM provides speed and efficiency with a maximum cruising speed of 420 knots. This jet climbs an impressive 3,990 feet per minute. Usage of Natural Laminar Flow (NFL) technology increases maximum cruise speed and fuel efficiency. The HondaJet is powered by two fuel-efficient GE Honda HF120 turbofan jet engines. The HF120 requires less scheduled maintenance when compared to other turbofans. It also features a Honda-customized Garmin G3000 glass flight deck. The G3000’s touch screen design centralizes data entry in a location that is easy to access and gives pilots more focused control. This obviously provides optimum flight safety.
Priced at $4.5 million, the HA-420 HondaJet has the capacity to seat 6 passengers. Since the engines are placed over the wings, more cabin space is available. The HondaJet also features an enclosed aft lavatory that is not common in other light jets of this size. More cabin space, more baggage storage, high fuel-efficiency are all essential for the success of business-jet development. The HondaJet has the potential to revolutionize air transportation and can bring jets one step closer to the common man. More than 100 jets have already been sold and Honda expects to deliver its first jet to a customer before the end of this year. It is said that Formula one racer and business entrepreneur Jenson Button is HondaJet’s first customer from Europe.