HondaJet Details Revealed, TC Submitted
Honda Aircraft revealed the price, projected performance figures and other details of the HondaJet very light twinjet. The company plans to certify the jet for single-pilot operations under Part 23 and start deliveries in 2010, and it submitted a type certificate application to the FAA on October 11. Price of the HondaJet in standard five-passenger configuration and equipped with a three-display Garmin avionics suite will be $3.65 million in 2006 dollars. The jet will be built at an as yet undisclosed location in the U.S. Specifications include a useful load of 3,378 pounds and maximum payload of 1,400 pounds. The jet will be powered, of course, by two GE/Honda Aircraft Engines HF120 turbofans each delivering 1,880 pounds of takeoff thrust (flat rated). Performance includes maximum cruise speed of 420 knots at 30,000 feet, maximum altitude of 43,000 feet and 3,990-fpm initial climb rate. Range will be 1,180 nm with NBAA IFR reserves. Balanced field length will be 3,120 feet, and landing distance will be 2,500 feet. Honda Aircraft has selected four U.S. Piper distributors to sell and service the HondaJet.