Taking personal mobility to the skies: This dream, cherished since Honda’s founding, is now about to become a reality. “If Honda is going to do it, it will be an aircraft that never existed before.” With this passion, Honda established original technologies and created HondaJet, a light jet which changed the conventional wisdom of the aviation industry. The HondaJet has begun demonstration tours for customers, as well as its demonstration flights on global tours. Preparations are now well under way for customer delivery of the HondaJet.
The HF120 turbofan engine was jointly developed with the General Electric Company of the U.S., with the aim of setting new standards for its lightweight and compact design, and for its performance that includes excellent fuel efficiency, durability, and low noise and emissions. Produced by Honda Aero, Inc., a subsidiary of Honda engaged in aircraft engine operations, shipments of the HF120 engine started in November 2014. The engine plant of Honda Aero, Inc. has obtained a Production Certificate from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), with the framework for mass production now in place.
HF120 turbofan engine
By adopting innovative technologies that include the unique over-the-wing engine mount configuration, the HondaJet has achieved top-in-class level cruising speed, fuel efficiency and the large cabin and cargo space. In June 2014, the first production HondaJet successfully achieved its first flight, and after obtaining the final type certifi- cation from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), delivery to customers is planned to start.
[Aircraft development history]