Marshall Aerospace (Booth No. 1449) is designing and building nacelles for the new HondaJet aircraft under a contract placed in August, but not announced until late last year. The Cambridge, UK-based company is due to deliver the first five sets of nacelles to HondaJet’s headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina, next month. It then hopes to be awarded a production contract for the nacelles, which will house the General Electric/Honda HF118 engines which will power the aircraft from their distinctive position above the wing.
Marshall had completed the preliminary design review for the part-composite nacelles in December, when it also reached the critical design review stage of the project. The company has extensive experience of designing lightweight aerostructures, such as fuel tanks for Boeing airliners. It also has long experience performing major modifications to aircraft such as the C-130 military transport.