HondaJet To Make World Debut at Oshkosh

 - April 18, 2007, 11:17 AM

The Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture at Oshkosh, Wis., next month will be the site for the first public viewing of the HondaJet, an experimental very light jet which has quietly been under development for several years at a Honda research facility at Piedmont Triad Airport in Greensboro, N.C. The jet, powered by two GE Honda HF118 turbofans, made its first flight in December 2003. Since then, Honda has been careful not to commit to marketing the aircraft, maintaining it is solely a research project. It’s not yet clear if its debut at Oshkosh will signal the start of actively marketing the new light business jet. But in making the Oshkosh announcement, Michimasa Fujino, HondaJet project leader, said, “Aviation has long been a dream for Honda, and the HondaJet is the embodiment of that dream.” Fujino said he chose Oshkosh to introduce the HondaJet “in the spirit of our passion for aviation, and to share our new technology with the aviation community.” The twinjet's fuselage is made of composite material, while its wings and empennage are aluminum. Preliminary specifications include a 9,200-pound mtow, 420-knot cruise speed, 44,000-foot ceiling and an NBAA IFR range of 1,100 nm.