Honda is already making planes

Honda is already making planes

After nearly ten years of development, desire Honda to conquer heights is already a fact. The company's first production aircraft, dubbed the Honda Jet, made a test flight over its US headquarters near Greensboro. Details of the fastest and most economical ultralight in the industry.

The first production aircraft Honda has already made its first flight. Within its framework, the business jet climbed to an altitude of 4700 m and reached a speed of 643 km / h. During the tests, the pilots checked the operation of the onboard electrical equipment, controls and the braking system. According to the manufacturer, it will be the fastest economical business jet in its class. This is the main message of the company, but at first glance, we will look behind the scenes.

July 25, 2006 Japanese company responsible factors Honda we announce the start of large-scale marketing and technology cooperation at American Aviation Corporation PiperPlane... For many, the car company's entry into the aviation business seems too optimistic, but Honda whose aspiration was already directed towards heavenly heights, has never been a supporter of generally accepted thinking. “Aviation has been a constant dream for our company for 40 years,” they say. HondaengineCo.

But what would the dreams be if they did not make you want to realize them. Thus, more than two decades in HondaWe are working hard in this direction, and since the company already has a serious image of an innovator, it cannot afford to create an aircraft that does not fit this and the role - the goal is to be the fastest, lightest and most economical in its class. ...

The result of development and design is already a fact and is called HondaJet - an ultralight, highly efficient business jet with a revolutionary layout and extremely functional space distribution. Thanks to many patented innovations HondaJet30-35% more economical than comparable ultralight aircraft, has a speed of 420 knots, has a range of 2600 km at an altitude of 9200 meters and the ability to fly 13 meters with a cabin pressure equivalent to 000 meters. Each of the two turbojets HondaHF118 built in conjunction with Generalelectriccreates a static thrust of 8 kN during takeoff. Slightly less than CessnaCJ1 + HondaJetThe cabin is 30% larger, the cruising speed is 10% higher, the mileage is 40% more, and the emissions are the lowest in its class.

Avant-garde solutions for aircraft construction

In fact, behind these simple but eloquent numbers lies a tremendous amount of research and development work to create a highly efficient layout. Innovative reading of the laws of aerodynamics by the team of the creator HondaJetMishimasa Fujino forces him to seek answers that go beyond the usual, and gives birth to ideas that are not in the traditional aviation industry. Among them, the nose and wings are specially shaped, due to which a laminar airflow (consisting of parallel layers without turbulence) is created, which reduces the overall air resistance. For this, a special integrated coating is used on the thin aluminum fenders with an extremely smooth surface and high strength. To further reduce weight, the fuselage is completely made of composite materials, therefore it is 15% lighter than an aluminum equivalent and is a complex of specially created Honda technological solutions that provide more interior space. To optimize the latter, a patented design for attaching the pylon motors to the wings helps - an almost impossible solution in its complexity took the engineers three years to create an aerodynamically adequate structure to withstand their weight, vibration and thrust. However, the effort is worth the effort, especially in this segment where every cubic centimeter of space matters - it avoids the need for a structure to mount engines to the fuselage, taking up valuable passenger space and reducing air resistance. The front end is surprisingly shaped from the beginning, but it fully meets the requirements for maximum efficient aerodynamic flow, and its drag is 10% lower than standard solutions in this segment. It resembles a wasp and then flows elegantly into the rest of the fuselage. The aerodynamics optimization process has been transferred to the convex glazing, which provides excellent visibility to the crew and is correctly painted over with a two-tone aircraft paint.

Thanks to the export engines, the contour of the interior is free from curves and curves, which gives more flexibility in the seating arrangement. HondaJet decorated in the best traditions of the company using high quality, warm and aesthetic materials, and thanks to the high-tech reduced suspension, it is easier for passengers to get out.

The passion for aviation flares up HondaJetto the heights, but this aircraft has a solid business base as it targets the fast growing ultralight aircraft segment, although in practice this is a good compromise between them and the next class.

Main Market Honda Jet will become the United States. The aircraft has not yet passed government certification, but Honda production has already begun to meet consumer demand when it is time to start official sales. The unit itself Honda Jet was established in 2006 specifically for the development and production Honfa Jet... The aircraft created by the company is the first in Japan entirely manufactured by the company without government support.

Text: Georgy Kolev

HA -420 HondaJet


Passengers5 (6)

Length12,71 m

Wingspan12,5 m

Height 4,03 m

Maximum takeoff weight 560 kg

Engines2хGEHondaHF120 turbofanwith thrust 8,04 kN

Max speed 420 knots / 778 km / h

Cruising speed420 knots

Max. Flight length2593 km

Flight ceiling13 m

Climbing speed 20,27 m / s

ManufacturerHonda Aircraft Company

Cost about $ 4 million



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