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HONDA | HA-420 | HONDAJET (2015-PRESENT)
BRIEF HISTORY – HONDAJET
The HA-420 HondaJet, classified as a Very Light Jet (VLJ) or Entry Level Light Jet, is the result of decades of work by the Japanese business renowned for meticulously perfecting its products. The HondaJet’s development began more than 30 years ago in 1986 as a top secret research project of Honda’s Research & Development team. Michimasa Fusion, the lead designer, was the first to develop the “HondaJet” moniker in 1997 and development began shortly after in 2000 when the engineering team moved to Piedmont Triad International Airport, (KGSO) Greensboro, NC. The proof of concept’s first flight took place in December 2003 and was introduced to the public at AirVenture Oshkosh Airshow in 2005. Shortly after in 2006 Honda Aircraft Company split off as a wholly owned subsidiary of Honda Motor. Between 2006-2015, Honda Motors invested $200 million to expand from a single hangar to a 133-acre campus. Full production finally began in 2015 and was delivered on December 23rd, 2015. Since the first aircraft rolled out of the building, the Greensboro, North Carolina aircraft manufacturing company has produced close to 200 HondaJets! In 2018, Honda Aircraft Company introduced the HondaJet Elite with an upgraded flight deck, increased range, and optional galley. Honda would announce soon after the HondaJet APMG for existing HondaJet owners to upgrade their aircraft to the Elite.
CABIN COMFORTS – HONDAJET
The quiet and tranquil cabin is preserved by the “Over The Wing Engine Mount” (OTWEM) and is a critical component of the HondaJet’s peaceful cabin. Engines of this size are typically rear-mounted at the back of the aircraft’s fuselage. Not only does mounting the engines over the wings keep the interior significantly quieter than its competition (on average under 80dB) but it also actually boosts performance! Less noise and more power! The HondaJet has captain’s chairs for four in a traditional club arrangement (two seats opposite the other two), as well as an optional fifth side-facing seat. The aircraft’s cabin chairs are multi-axis, sliding, shifting, and locking for ultimate comfort.The HondaJet can be equipped with a mobile device-controlled cabin. From your seat, you may control the HondaJet’s cabin audio, lighting, temperature, and electrochromic window blinds. All HondaJets provide a fully enclosed private lavatory with a flushing toilet and an optional cobalt-blue wash basin as standard. While you are there, do not forget to look up and check out the skylight. Lastly, as the HondaJet is rated for single-pilot operations, a sixth passenger can also sit upfront. However, even though the aircraft is rated for single-pilot operation, when chartering the aircraft, we always recommend two.
POWER AND PERFORMANCE – HONDAJET
The HondaJet is the only aircraft currently with over-wing mounted jet engines. This one-of-a-kind design reduces cabin noise, increases cabin space, and improves fuel efficiency. The engines are two General Electric Honda HF120 turbofan engines with a combined thrust of 4,100 lbs total (2,050 pounds each). Another Honda innovation on the HA-420 that sets it apart from its competitors is the application of Natural Laminar Flow (NFL) technology to the design of the main wing and fuselage nose. Another noteworthy feature that reduced overall weight is its all-carbon composite fuselage. These engineering advancements contributed to reducing overall aerodynamic drag which has also increased the aircraft’s high cruising speed and additional fuel efficiency. The HondaJet has a top cruising speed of 422 knots and a range of 1,223 nautical miles on a single tank of fuel.Not only is it faster and more efficient than most of its competitors, but it also has a higher cruise altitude of 43,000 feet. This high ceiling enables the HondaJet to fly above inclement weather and most air traffic, resulting in a considerably more comfortable ride and more direct flight path.
FLIGHT DECK – HONDAJET
The Honda HA-420’s cockpit flaunts a fully integrated Garmin g3000 avionics system with three big 14-inch high-definition touchscreens. All other flight systems are seamlessly integrated and sensibly arranged on smaller secondary touchscreens, which results in a decrease in pilot workload. As technology, automation, and processing speeds have continued to expand exponentially, a feature that is becoming increasingly obsolete among private aircraft is the use of a physical control system, which the HondaJet employs in lieu of the more prevalent fly-by-wire technology.
CHARTER THE HONDAJET
With its groundbreaking engine mount location reducing cabin noise, coupled with its high altitude and high speed cruise capabilities, it is easy to see why a lot of executives and families are opting for a more efficient, capable, and technologically advanced aircraft. The HondaJet is ready for even the toughest of approaches at the highest altitudes! CharterJets Inc. features the newest and highest safety rated HondaJet’s available. Reach out today to discuss your upcoming travel!