Honda has always had a reputation of building vehicles that the average person could afford. They started off building smaller cars, trucks and motorcycles. And these vehicles were extremely reliable and durable. Honda is continuing the tradition, but this time on the aviation side of things. The HondaJet.
The HondaJet is the smallest corporate jet ever built. It seats 4 passengers only, but that should be sufficient to fly around the top dogs in the company. And this jet is very impressive to look at.
The Honda HA-420 HondaJet is the first general aviation aircraft developed by the Honda Motor Company.
Honda began to study small sized business jets in the late 1980s, using engines from other manufacturers. The Honda MH02 was fabricated and assembled at Mississippi State University’s Raspet Flight Research Laboratory in the late 1980s and early 1990s. The MH02 was a prototype using composites with an organic matrix.
The HondaJet made its maiden flight in December 2003. It debuted to the public at the EAA AirVenture air show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, in July 2005. On July 25, 2006, Honda returned to Oshkosh to announce it would commercialize the HondaJet. Honda established the Honda Aircraft Company to seek both type and production certification of the HondaJet. Production is to take place in the United States. The company began taking customer orders in the fall of 2006. The price was about $3.65 million US. The plan is to build 70 jets per year.
In August 2006 Honda and Piper Aircraft announced a partnership to market the HondaJet.
The aircraft is made at Piedmont Triad International Airport, Greensboro, North Carolina, USA. The plant for making the aircraft was started in 2007 and was completed in 2011. In July 2011 the Honda Company allowed members of the media to tour the facility, which was still under construction. At that time company representatives announced that certification was expected, and production of the airplane would begin late in 2012.
- Crew: 1-2 crew members
- Capacity: 5 passengers (6 Passengers for AirTaxi)
- Length: 41.70 ft (12.71 m)
- Wingspan: 39.87 ft (12.15 m)
- Height: 13.21 ft (4.03 m)
- Max takeoff weight: 9,200 lb (4,173 kg)
- Powerplant: 2 × GE Honda HF120 turbofan engines, 1,880lbf each (Bypass Ratio= 2.9) (8.04kN) each
- Maximum speed: 420 KTAS (778 km/h, 483 mph)
- Cruise speed: 420 KTAS (FL300)
- Range: 1400 nm (1611 mi, 2,593 km) (VFR Range)
- Service ceiling: 43,000 ft (13,107 m)
- Rate of climb: 3990 ft/min (20.27 m/s)
Garmin G3000 glass cockpit
Honda plans to ramp up production to 80 units per year after March 2019. Sixteen aircraft were delivered in the first three quarters of 2016, reaching a 36 per year production rate. In 2017, 15 were produced in the first quarter, and the annual target is between 55 and 60 aircraft. In the first half of 2017, a total of 24 aircraft were delivered to customers and it became the most-delivered jet in its category for that period. As of late August 2017, a total of 53 jets had been delivered to customers in the U.S., Mexico and Europe.