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Design and Development of HondaJet

Article of Honda R&D Technical Review Vol.16 No.2

Summary

Honda R&D has developed an advanced business jet. The HondaJet is an entry-level, light-weight, business jet featuring an extra large cabin, high fuel efficiency, and high cruise speed compared to existing small business jets. To achieve the performance goals, a natural-laminar-flow wing, a natural-laminar-flow fuselage nose, an over-the-wing engine-mount configuration, and other advanced technologies were developed. The wing is metal, having an integral machined skin to achieve a very smooth upper surface, which is required for natural laminar flow. The fuselage is made entirely of composites and the stiffened panels and the sandwich panels were co-cured integrally in an autoclave to reduce weight and cost. The advanced avionics system, which provides a high degree of integration for enhanced functionality and flight safety, was also installed in the cockpit. Several advanced technologies were employed for the HondaJet.

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Author (organization or company)

Michimasa FUJINO(Honda R&D America’s Inc.)

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