Efficient HondaJet Readying for First Owner

Discussion in 'Honda' started by xcel, May 19, 2014.

  1. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    [​IMG] Design innovation leads to the most fuel efficient business Jet in its class.

    [​IMG]Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG - May 19, 2014

    Honda’s First Production Aircraft -- The HondaJet is the world's most advanced light business jet aircraft, with best-in-class advantages in performance, comfort, quality and efficiency.

    Honda Aircraft Company revealed its first production HondaJet. The aircraft is ready for ground tests and features a new paint scheme, a deep pearl green with a gold stripe. The company also shared its progress in preparation for HondaJet entry into service.

    The first production aircraft is in final assembly with the first set of production GE Honda HF120 engines recently delivered to Honda Aircraft. The engines have been installed, and Honda Aircraft will soon begin conducting ground tests on the airplane. Its first flight is anticipated this summer. With its debut, all five exterior color options are represented in the HondaJet fleet. The deep green finish will be offered in addition to the vibrant silver, red, yellow and blue exterior colors currently available to appeal to a variety of customer preferences.

    Ready for Delivery

    HondaJet production continues its steady pace in advance of entry into service with nine aircraft on the final assembly line. Four aircraft have been mated to their wings and empennages, and production is on schedule to have 10 aircraft on the final assembly line in June. This steady build up supports Honda Aircraft Company's objective to have aircraft ready for delivery immediately after type certification is achieved next year.

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    Certification

    Following the FAA's issuance of Type Inspection Authorization (TIA) for the HondaJet, the program has begun testing with FAA pilot participation. Several certification tests by FAA pilots were conducted under this final phase. Examples are:
    • Stall speed, stall characteristics and stall warning system: Tests were conducted under various flight conditions. During testing, the stall warning system (stick shaker attached to the yoke) and stall protection system (stick pusher that provides automatic stall recovery) were evaluated. Cockpit indications for airspeed, altitude and ambient temperature were also validated.

    • Wheels, tires and brake control system tests: Normal anti-skid brake control systems were evaluated in both wet and dry runway conditions. Emergency brake system testing also demonstrated aircraft braking capability during degraded system operations.

    • Flap actuation system and speed brake operation throughout the flight envelope: Testing demonstrated aircraft flap and speed brake operation at limit speeds and maximum load factor.

    • Hydraulic system control tests were conducted during normal, abnormal and degraded operations: The hydraulic system was demonstrated at the maximum operating altitude and after extended periods of high-altitude cold soaking.

    • In-flight fire suppression system: This testing was conducted at critical flight conditions for both speed and temperature.
    FAA Full-Scale Fatigue Testing: The ground structural test program has completed more than 2,000 cycles so far in advance of entry into service. This is equivalent to more than five years of use for typical business jet operators. Testing examined the airframe's fatigue strength under simulated in-flight operations derived from theoretical load spectra and mission profiles. The tests evaluated the effects of vertical and lateral maneuvers; vertical and lateral gust; landing; taxi; Ground-Air-Ground (GAG) and fuselage pressure cycle on the aircraft.

    The HondaJet Ownership Experience

    Honda Aircraft is investing a significant amount in pilot and maintenance training for future customers. Working with FlightSafety International, Honda Aircraft is developing flight and maintenance training curriculums with maintenance training classes scheduled to begin later this year in Greensboro, N.C. The first flight simulator for flight training is complete and software integration is underway. Flight training with this simulator will include type rating and recurrent pilot training programs for both single and multi-crew operations. Training will be provided at Honda Aircraft Company's world HQ and will start before entry into service.

    Formation of HondaJets

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    Basic Specs

    Performance

    Maximum Cruise Speed @ FL300 420KTAS
    Maximum Cruise Altitude FL430
    Rate of Climb 3990 ft / min
    NBAA IFR Range (4 occupants) 1180 nm
    Takeoff distance <4000 ft
    Landing distance <3000 ft

    Engines

    Manufacturer / Model GE Honda / HF120
    Output (Uninstalled Thrust) 2050 lbf each
    derated from 2095 each
    Bypass ratio 2.9

    External Dimensions

    Height 14.90 ft
    Wing Span 39.76 ft
    Length 42.62 ft

    Interior Cabin Dimensions

    Height 4.80 ft
    Length 17.80 ft
    Width 5.00 ft

    External Baggage Space

    Total 66 cubic ft
    Within aft section 57 cubic ft
    Within nose section 9 cubic ft

    Configuration

    Typical configuration 1 crew + 5 pax (2 crew + 4 pax)
    Alternative configuration 1 crew + 6 pax (2 crew + 5 pax)
     
  2. rossbro

    rossbro Well-Known Member

    Interior height- 4.8 ft. Really??? Finally, a jet for midgets.!
     
  3. brick

    brick Answers to "that guy."

    That's not at all unusual for jets in this class. You can't stand up in a small biz jet any more than you can stand up in a luxury sedan. I once (nearly a decade ago) had the privilege of a round trip in a 9 or 10 passenger CJ and having to stoop to my seat took absolutely nothing away from the experience. The name of the game here is "I can be in the air how soon after I park my car?" If this thing is as efficient as it's cracked up to be, it'll find plenty of room in corporate-owned and charter fleets.
     
  4. priusCpilot

    priusCpilot George

    I hope the battery hold up on these hehe.

    Wounder if Wayne will put these jets to the test for MPG?
     
  5. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi George:

    I would in a second! Not sure the passengers would like the long controlled FAS down to 14,000 ft. and the efficient climb back up to 35,000 feet before repeating however. ;)

    Wayne
     
  6. PaleMelanesian

    PaleMelanesian Beat the System Staff Member

    I heard a quote attributed to the founder of Learjet. Basically, "Yes, the plane is small and cramped, but you won't be in here for long."
     
  7. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    An interesting high def in the air reveal.



    Wayne
     
  8. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    The HondaJet made its first public appearance in South America as part of LABACE 2015, Latin America's largest business aviation show at the Conghonas Airport in São Paulo. The HondaJet was met with an enthusiastic welcome from business and private jet users with Honda Aircraft Company receiving multiple orders for the HondaJet after the first day.

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    Honda Aircraft Company recently expanded sales of the world's most advanced light jet to South America and appointed Líder Aviação as the exclusive dealer to provide sales, service and support for the HondaJet in Brazil. Based in Belo Horizonte, Líder operates more than 23 fixed base operations (FBOs) throughout Brazil.

    A production HondaJet was on static display at LABACE. Following the show, Honda Aircraft Company and Líder will conduct a demonstration tour to showcase the aircraft's performance capabilities to Brazilian customers.

    1,358 miles range seems awfully short for a successful business jet however.

    Wayne
     
  9. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    HondaJet Receives Type Certification from Federal Aviation Administration

    The HondaJet received type certification from the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) last Tuesday. Honda Aircraft Company and the FAA made the announcement today at the Honda Aircraft headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina.

    The FAA presented the type certificate to Honda Aircraft Company President

    Honda Aircraft Company validated the HondaJet's performance, safety, function and reliability through rigorous ground and flight tests with the FAA. Total flight hours exceeded 3,000, with testing conducted at more than 70 locations across the United States.

    The HondaJet's innovative Over-The-Wing Engine Mount configuration, natural-laminar flow wing and composite fuselage make it a higher performance, more fuel-efficient and more spacious light jet. The HondaJet is the fastest in its class at 483 mph and the most efficient in its class.

    With HondaJet FAA type certification achieved, Honda Aircraft is now ramping up production in Greensboro with 25 aircraft on the final assembly line. The Honda Aircraft workforce is nearing 1,700 people, as the company prepares for deliveries, pilot training and after-sales customer service and support by the end of the year.

    Wayne
     
  10. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    HondaJet has begun delivering its first full production units.

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    HondaJet delivered the first aircraft on December 23rd at its world headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina. This milestone follows final type certification from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) received on Dec. 8.

    Honda Aircraft is manufacturing the HondaJet at its world headquarters in Greensboro. The aircraft is offered for sale in North America, South America and Europe through the HondaJet dealer network.

    To support HondaJet customers, Honda Aircraft has established a robust worldwide dealer network in 11 territories. HondaJet dealers are ready to support aircraft entry into service, together with a 90,000 square-foot customer service facility in Greensboro to support the dealer network with heavy maintenance, repair and overhaul capabilities.

    Pilot training is already being conducted for HondaJet customers with a full-motion, Level D flight simulator installed at the Honda Aircraft Training Center in Greensboro.

    The HondaJet is the world's most advanced light jet, with revolutionary technology and design innovations—including the Over-The-Wing Engine Mount design—that help it achieve the highest speed, superior fuel efficiency, and a more spacious cabin over conventional aircraft in its class.

    Wayne
     
  11. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    HondaJet Receives Certification in Mexico

    Hi All:

    Honda Aircraft Company announced that the HondaJet has received type certification from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority of Mexico, the Dirección General de Aeronáutica Civil (DGAC).

    The world's most advanced light jet also will make its debut at the 2016 Aero Expo, Mexico's most prominent business aviation event. The trade show is being held at the Toluca International Airport from March 16 to 18 where a production HondaJet will be on static display.

    The HondaJet

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    To provide sales, service and support for customers in Mexico, Honda Aircraft has partnered with Aerolineas Ejecutivas – the largest executive aviation company in Mexico. Aerolineas Ejecutivas has been a pioneer in business aviation services since it introduced the first jet for executive charter service. The company's expansive footprint includes operations in major cities including Toluca and Monterrey.

    The HondaJet incorporates advanced technological innovations that were developed from long-term research activities. The patented Over-The-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM) configuration, natural laminar flow wing and nose, and composite fuselage deliver a superior combination of speed, comfort and fuel efficiency over other jets in its class.

    The HondaJet received U.S. Federal Aviation Administration type certification on Dec. 8, 2015, and the company began deliveries on Dec. 23, 2015. The HondaJet is manufactured at Honda Aircraft Company's world headquarters in Greensboro, N.C.

    Wayne
     
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  12. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    HondaJet Receives Certification in Europe

    Hi All:

    The HondaJet received type certification today from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). Honda Aircraft Company announced the achievement during a press conference at the European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland last week.

    HondaJet sales began in Europe after significant interest by customers wanting to own the world’s most advanced light jet. The HondaJet received its type certificate from the United States Federal Aviation Administration in December 2015. Deliveries have included customers in the U.S., Mexico and Europe.

    Honda Aircraft has established a strong dealer network to provide customers with the best service and support from day one. In Europe, Honda Aircraft has appointed three industry leaders with the expertise, service and capabilities to provide the highest level of customer service for HondaJet customers: Marshall Aviation Services (Northern Europe); Rheinland Air Service (Central Europe); and TAG Aviation SA (Southern Europe).

    HondJet during Wet Runway Testing

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    The HondaJet is the world’s most advanced light jet, and its distinctive design incorporates advanced technologies and concepts. The HondaJet Over-The-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM) configuration, natural laminar flow wing, and composite fuselage were developed from long-term research activities. These innovations combine to make the HondaJet the fastest, most spacious and most fuel-efficient jet in its class.

    The HondaJet flies at a maximum cruise speed of 422 knots (486 mph) and has a maximum altitude of 43,000 feet. The aircraft is certified for single pilot operation and can seat up to six passengers. It is priced at $4.85 million (U.S.) and has an NBAA IFR range of 1,223 nautical miles (1,408 miles).

    Wayne
     
  13. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    GE Honda Aero Engines HF120 Receives EASA Certification

    GE Honda Aero Engine’s HF120 turbofan engine received type certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) on April 20, 2016.

    GE Honda Aero Engines (GHAE) continues to support Honda Aircraft Company’s HondaJet program and its successful worldwide Entry Into Service (EIS). Earlier this year, GHAE expanded its European Authorized Service Providers (ASPs) network for the HF120 by adding Marshall Aviation Services (Cambridge, UK), which joined TAG Aviation (Farnborough, UK) and Rheinland Air Service (Mönchengladbach, Germany). GHAE’s ASPs are capable of performing line maintenance, engine installation and removal, and support of rental engine logistics for HF120 shop visits.

    GE – Honda HF120 Turbofan

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    The ASP network is supported by a 24/7 GE Honda Operations Center, and a growing GHAE team of dedicated Field Technical Managers (FTMs) and Customer Team Managers (CTMs).

    In February of 2016, GHAE’s designated Maintenance Repair & Overhaul (MRO) facility, Honda Aero, Inc. (HAI), in Burlington, NC, secured a PART 145 repair station certificate from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). This certificate enables HAI to serve as the dedicated MRO center for the HF120. This same facility, where the current HF120 new engine production takes place, received its FAA Production Certificate in March, 2015. By combining the production and maintenance operation on one site, GHAE can offer more flexibility to its customers.

    Rated at 2,095 pounds of thrust, the HF120 engine sets new standards of performance in fuel efficiency, durability, and low noise and emissions. To date, the HF120 program has accumulated close to 23,000 cycles and more than 13,000 hours demonstrating maturity for an exemplary entry into service.
     
  14. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Honda Aircraft Receives FAA Production Certificate For The HondaJet

    Honda Aircraft announced today that it has earned a Production Certificate from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). Honda Aircraft is responsible for building the HA-420 HondaJet, the advanced light jet, at its world headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina.

    HondaJet

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    Final Assembly in NC.​

    The Production Certificate grants Honda Aircraft the authorization to produce, flight test and issue airworthiness certificates for the HondaJet for customer deliveries.

    Honda Aircraft has been steadily ramping up production since receiving FAA type certification for the HondaJet last year.

    The HondaJet is the fastest, highest-flying, quietest, and most fuel-efficient jet in its class. The HondaJet incorporates many technological innovations in aviation design, including the unique Over-The-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM) configuration that dramatically improves performance and fuel efficiency by reducing aerodynamic drag. The OTWEM design also reduces cabin sound, minimizes ground-detected noise, and allows for the roomiest cabin in its class, the largest baggage capacity, and a fully serviceable private aft bathroom. The HondaJet is equipped with the most sophisticated glass flight deck available in any light business jet, a Honda-customized Garmin G3000. The HondaJet is Honda's first commercial aircraft and lives up to the company's reputation for superior performance, efficiency, quality and value.
     
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  15. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Honda Aircraft expands HondaJet sales to Middle Americas

    Honda Aircraft has expanded sales of the HondaJet to Middle Americas with the appointment of SYI Aviation, based in Panama City, Panama as the newest HondaJet dealer. SYI Aviation will provide sales, service and support for the world's most advanced light jet throughout Central America, the Caribbean and South America, including Ecuador, Colombia, Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname and French Guiana.

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    The high speed, superior fuel efficiency and range of the HondaJet will enable it to create unique value within the region's geography. Honda Aircraft Company has received a strong early response to the HondaJet by customers.

    SYI was founded in Caracas, Venezuela, and established operations in Panama in 1928. SYI provides infrastructure, products and equipment in the medical services, machinery and heavy equipment industry, as well as infrastructure for electric service in more than eight countries.

    The HondaJet recently completed a successful demonstration tour in Latin America and South America. Flights were conducted in four countries, traveling more than 14,000 nautical miles. The HondaJet was on static display at Latin America's largest business aviation event, the Latin American Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (LABACE), held in São Paulo, Brazil. The demonstration tour included stops in: Brazil (Curitiba, São Paulo, Goiania, Cuiaba, and Belo Horizonte), Argentina, Chile and Panama.

    The HondaJet dealer network spans 12 territories in North America, South America and Europe. The company began customer deliveries in 2015.
     
  16. rhwinger

    rhwinger Well-Known Member

    Until I saw this picture, I didn't notice that the engines were not mounted to the fuselage - they are mounted on stalks. Interesting
     
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  17. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi All:

    HondaJet Sets Two Speed Records Flying between the Northeast and South Florida

    The HondaJet has now proved it is the fastest jet in its class with two speed records between Teterboro, New Jersey to Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Boston, Massachusetts to Palm Beach, Florida. The United States National Aeronautic Association presented the records to Honda Aircraft Company during the National Business Aviation Association's (NBAA) Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in Orlando, Florida.

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    In setting the record between New Jersey and Florida, the HondaJet departed Teterboro Airport at 2:15 p.m. EST on April 9, 2016 and landed at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport at 4:06 p.m. Despite average headwinds of 60 knots (nearly 70 mph), the 960-nautical-mile flight took two hours and 51 minutes at a cruising altitude of 43,000 feet with the HondaJet surpassing the existing record from Teterboro to Fort Lauderdale. Factoring the considerable headwind of 60 knots and high temperatures, the HondaJet achieved an average true air speed of 396 knots (456 mph) and maximum ground speed of 414 knots (478 mph) for this flight.

    For the Boston to Palm Beach record, the HondaJet departed New Bedford Regional Airport at 7:18 a.m. EDT on July 19, 2016 and landed at Palm Beach International Airport at 9:16 a.m. The 1,060-nautical-mile flight took two hours and 58 minutes. Factoring average 30 knot headwind, the HondaJet achieved an average true air speed of 385 knots and a maximum ground speed of 422 knots (486 mph). The HondaJet is the first aircraft in its class to officially achieve the Boston to Palm Beach record.

    The records are approved by the U.S. National Aeronautic Association and pending approval as world records by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale in Switzerland. Peter Kriegler and Glenn Gonzales piloted the HondaJet on both flights.

    The HondaJet is the fastest jet in its class with a maximum cruise speed of 422 knots (486 mph); it soars highest in its class with a maximum altitude of 43,000 feet; and it is the most fuel-efficient light jet in its class by up to 17 percent. It has an NBAA IFR range of 1,223 nautical miles (1,408 miles).

    Wayne
     
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  18. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    HondaJet Customers Embark on 80-Day World Tour

    But first...


    Just over three weeks ago, a HondaJet skidded off the runway at Chicago's Midway airport. Earlier this week Honda announced that its HondaJet is taking part in a modern day “Around the World in 80 Days” when a pair of customers take it on a global tour beginning August 4.

    Honda Aircraft's customers Julian and Kim MacQueen will fly their HondaJet to 26 countries as part of the tour. As leaders in the hospitality industry, the MacQueens will use the tour for research related to their business while visiting hotels in various countries. The HondaJet will be used for static showings and possible demo flights for potential customers at some airports. This is the first around-the- world flight for HondaJet, presenting a good opportunity to demonstrate HondaJet's capability and performance in many countries.

    The world tour began August 4 at Pensacola International Airport in Florida and conclude when they return to the U.S. in the middle of October.
     
  19. RoweK

    RoweK Member

    I'm not sure whether it is a good idea o_O
     
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  20. xcel

    xcel PZEV, there's nothing like it :) Staff Member

    Hi RoweK:

    With an estimated 1,350 mile range, I am not sure how they get across the Pacific?

    Wayne
     

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