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Aircraft technology | Since 1986
HondaJet

Changing the future of flying with original technology and ideas


Taking personal mobility to the skies: This dream, cherished since Honda's founding, is about to become a reality. Working toward the vision of "creating an aircraft that never existed before," Honda's distinctive technologies gave birth to HondaJet, an advanced light jet that has defied conventional wisdom in the aerospace industry, and the HF120 turbofan engine, a lightweight yet high-thrust engine, developed jointly with General Electric (GE) of the U.S. Preparations are well under way for customer delivery of the HondaJet and HF120—two new entrants poised to change the future of flying.

HondaJet

HondaJet

HF120 receives certification in the U.S.

The HF120 turbofan engine is designed to set new standards for its lightweight and compact design and its performance – boasting fuel efficiency, durability, and low noise and emissions. GE Honda Aero Engines LLC, a joint venture between Honda and GE, earned a certification from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) in December 2013 and has now entered the final stage in preparation for the start of production.

HF120 turbofan engine

HF120 turbofan engine


Heading toward customer delivery

Honda has developed many standout technologies for HondaJet, including the "over-the-wing engine mount" configuration, a design that defies the conventional approach to aircraft design. These technical innovations have resulted in top flight speed and fuel efficiency together with by far the largest cabin space in its class. HondaJet has entered the last phase of FAA testing toward obtaining type certification.

HondaJet

HondaJet

[Aircraft development history]

  1. 19861986Research begins on light aircraft and engine
  2. 19971997First concept sketch of HondaJet created
  3. 20032003First flight of HondaJet experimental aircraft
  4. 20102010Successful first flight of FAA-conforming HondaJet
  5. 20122012Production starts for HondaJet customer aircraft
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