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The Honda HA-420 Hondajet was the first aircraft developed by the Honda Aircraft Company. A light business jet, it was first designed in Japan, starting in the 1980s, then developed and manufactured in Greensboro, North Carolina, USA. Designer Michimasa Fujino sketched the Hondajet in 1997, and by 1999, the design was locked in. The Hondajet made its first flight in December 2003, and it has been produced since 2012. In April this year, the Hondajet made its first China appearance as part of the static display at ABACE 2017 in Shanghai.

The Hondajet is a low-wing monoplane with a conventional structure that includes a mainly composite fuselage and an aluminum wing. It is powered by a pair of GE Honda HF120 turbofans, mounted on pylons above the wings. It carries 4-6 passengers and 1-2 crew. It is 13 meters long and 4.5 meters high, with a wingspan of 12.1 meters. Its maximum speed is 782 km/h, with a long range cruise speed of 682 km/h. Its service ceiling is 13,000 meters, and its rate of a climb 20 m/s.

The Hondajet’s overwing engine mount design was employed to maximize cabin space and to achieve lower wave drag at a high Mach number. The nose and wing are designed for laminar flow. The aircraft’s placement of engines and its wing and fuselage design were determined through computer simulations and wind tunnel tests. Honda believes the combination of lightweight materials, aerodynamics, and efficient engines gives the Hondajet up to 20% better fuel efficiency than other aircraft in its class, with a fuel consumption of 0.41 kg/km.

The cabin is configured with executive seating for four in a classic club configuration, with an option for a side-facing fifth seat. The Hondajet has more cabin space than any other aircraft in its class.

The Hondajet’s cockpit is built for optimum safety based on thoughtful ergonomic design and state-of-the-art situational awareness. Equipped with the Garmin G3000 nextgeneration all-glass avionics system, the cockpit puts the pilot in closer contact with the aircraft through touchscreen technology, which includes dual touchscreen controllers and the 14-inch high-resolution displays that offer advanced navigation, flight planning, and control. The cockpit is designed to enable singlepilot or dual-pilot operation of the aircraft.

Honda delivered the first customer aircraft in December 2005, and made its first European delivery in April 2016. Sixteen aircraft were delivered in the fist quarter of 2016. The company plans to ramp up production of the Hondajet to 80 units per year after March 2019.

本田HA- 420本田喷气机是本田飞机公司研发的首款飞机。这款轻型公务喷气机起初在日本设计,开始于1980年代,之后又在美国北卡罗来纳州的格林斯博罗研发并生产。设计师藤野道格于1997年开始勾画本田喷气机的蓝图, 1999年设计定型。本田喷气机于2003年进行了首飞, 2012年开始声场。今年4月,本田喷气机在上海2017亚洲公务航空会展完成了中国的首次亮相。






Michimasa Fujino, Hondajet President and CEO

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