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Honda HA-420 HondaJet

Japan (2016)
Picture of Honda HA-420 HondaJet Entry-Level Very-Light Business / VIP Jet
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The Honda HA-420 HondaJet has produced most-promising results since its introduction in January of 2016 - being described as one of the quietest and fastest jets of its class.


Detailing the development and operational history of the Honda HA-420 HondaJet Entry-Level Very-Light Business / VIP Jet.  Entry last updated on 6/21/2018. Authored by Staff Writer. Content ©www.MilitaryFactory.com

The new HA-420 "HondaJet" is a lightweight, entry-level business / VIP jet aircraft brought to fruition by Honda Aircraft Company. The proof-of-concept first flew in 2003 and the HondaJet program was formally launched three years later - culminating in an all-new light jet set to compete with such power players as Cessna of the United States and Embraer of Brazil. The HondaJet was formally introduced in January of 2016, some five years behind its scheduled certification date (originally sometime in 2009-2010). Nevertheless, the smallish jet forms the beginning of what may very well turn out to become a family of light jets handled by the aircraft branch of the Honda Motor Company.

The HondaJet was designed by one-time automotive-turned-aeronautical engineer Michimasa Fujino who currently presides as president of the Honda aircraft section headquartered at Greensboro, North Carolina and employing over 1,200 personnel.

The HondaJet is a technological achievement in its own right, utilizing both proven and all-new aeronautical qualities which, in some key ways, make it a very unique light jet entry. One of its key physical design characteristics is its "over-wing" mounted engine nacelles which were developed with the help of General Electric (GE) from the original Honda HF118 offering. The new powerplant outputs 2,050lb of thrust and the aircraft seats a two of these in individual nacelles atop pylons located at the aft section of each wing mainplane.

The position of these engines was selected with help from Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) which finalized the best placement for the powerplants resulting in reduced high-speed drag and increasing the maximum Lift Coefficient (the natural lift being generated). Their position along the wings also allowed engineers much-needed "elbow room" at the fuselage section, producing a longer, quieter cabin for even the most discerning of VIP guests. The engines themselves promise noise reduction, high-end performance and fuel efficiency at the cost of higher take-off speeds and longer take-off runs. A tricycle undercarriage is featured for ground-running with all of the legs being single-wheeled.

The wings have also been given special attention - constructed of aluminum alloys (as opposed to composites) for maximum airflow efficiency and strength. The tail follows in its aluminum make-up (semi-monocoque construction) and is arranged in a conventional "T-style", helping the horizontal planes clear the resulting engine wash. The low-drag nosecone is a specially-designed assembly promoting sound laminar airflow down the tubular fuselage section and its composite construction saves on weight. Dimensions of the aircraft include an overall length of 42.6 feet, a wingspan of 39.8 feet and a height of 14.10 feet.

The 2 x GE Honda Aero Engines HF120 turbofan units coupled with the aircraft's streamlined, attention-getting design provide a maximum speed reaching 485 miles per hour with 435 mph used in cruising. Ferry range is out to 1,500 miles and a rate-of-climb of 4,000 feet-per-minute is listed along with a service ceiling of 43,000 feet. Maximum Take-Off Weight (MTOW) is about 10,000lb.

Internally, the HondaJet seats a crew of one of two (side-by-side). The cockpit showcases clean lines thanks to three large-area, full-color touchscreen displays as part of the Garmin 3000 avionics fit and each pilot's position is given a control yoke and relatively good views out-of-the-cockpit. The standard passenger arrangement set as two face-to-face seats along a center aisle. An alternate seat arrangement seats a total of six. In either guise, passengers are contained in a luxurious environment complete with high-backed leather seats.

While only a dozen or so HondaJets have been completed to date (2016), the product will surely raise some eyebrows and market interest for the clientele and corporations that can afford the $4.5 million dollar passenger-hauler. The Honda Greensboro manufacturing facilities are set up to support up to twelve in-production forms simultaneously.


Picture of the Honda HA-420 HondaJet Entry-Level Very-Light Business / VIP Jet
Picture of the Honda HA-420 HondaJet Entry-Level Very-Light Business / VIP Jet



Any available statistics for the Honda HA-420 HondaJet Entry-Level Very-Light Business / VIP Jet are showcased in the areas immediately below. Categories include basic specifications covering country-of-origin, operational status, manufacture(s) and total quantitative production. Other qualities showcased are related to structural values (namely dimensions), installed power and standard day performance figures, installed or proposed armament and mission equipment (if any), global users (from A-to-Z) and series model variants (if any).




  Program Updates  


March 2018 - Production of the HondaJet continues with 68 total units having been delivered thus far.

April 2018 - ANA Holdings of Japan is set to use the HondaJet for passenger hub connections.

May 2018 - At EBACE 2018, Honda has unveiled the HondaJet Elite, an upgraded version of its up-and-coming HondaJet VLB/VIP passenger hauler. It is promoted with a range increase of some 17% compared to the original offering.






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Relative Maximum Speed Rating
Hi: 500mph
Lo: 250mph
    This entry's maximum listed speed (485mph).

    Graph average of 375 miles-per-hour.
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Unit Production Comparison
Comm. Market HI*: 44,000 units
Military Market HI**: 36,183 units
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  * Commercial Market High belongs to Cessna 172.

  ** Military Market High belongs to Ilyushin Il-2.


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Origin: Japan
Year: 2016
Type: Entry-Level Very-Light Business / VIP Jet
Manufacturer(s): Honda Aircraft Company - Japan / United States
Production: 68
Status: Active, Limited Service
Global Operators:
Japan; United States
Historical Commitments / Honors:

Military lapel ribbon for Operation Allied Force
Military lapel ribbon for the Arab-Israeli War
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Britain
Military lapel ribbon for the Battle of Midway
Military lapel ribbon for the Berlin Airlift
Military lapel ribbon for the Chaco War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cold War
Military lapel ribbon for the Cuban Missile Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Falklands War
Military lapel ribbon for the French-Indochina War
Military lapel ribbon for the Golden Age of Flight
Military lapel ribbon for the 1991 Gulf War
Military lapel ribbon for the Indo-Pak Wars
Military lapel ribbon for the Iran-Iraq War
Military lapel ribbon for the Korean War
Military lapel ribbon for the 1982 Lebanon War
Military lapel ribbon for the Malayan Emergency
Military lapel ribbon for the attack on Pearl Harbor
Military lapel ribbon for the Six Day War
Military lapel ribbon for the Soviet-Afghan War
Military lapel ribbon for the Spanish Civil War
Military lapel ribbon for the Suez Crisis
Military lapel ribbon for the Vietnam War
Military lapel ribbon for Warsaw Pact of the Cold War-era
Military lapel ribbon for the WASP (WW2)
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 1
Military lapel ribbon for the World War 2
Military lapel ribbon for the Yom Kippur
* Ribbons not necessarily indicative of actual historical campaign ribbons. Ribbons are clickable to their respective campaigns/operations.
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Structural - Crew, Dimensions, and Weights:
Unless otherwise noted the presented statistics below pertain to the Honda HA-420 HondaJet model. Common measurements, and their respective conversions, are shown when possible.

Operational
CREW


Personnel
2


Dimension
LENGTH


Feet
42.65 ft


Meters
13 m


Dimension
WIDTH


Feet
39.76 ft


Meters
12.12 m


Dimension
HEIGHT


Feet
14.93 ft


Meters
4.55 m


Weight
LOADED


Pounds
9,965 lb


Kilograms
4,520 kg

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Installed Power - Standard Day Performance:
2 x General Electric Honda Aero Engines HF-120 turbofan engines developing 2,050lb of thrust each and set in an "over-wing" arrangement.

Performance
SPEED


Miles-per-Hour
485 mph


Kilometers-per-Hour
780 kph


Knots
421 kts


Performance
RANGE


Miles
1,181 mi


Kilometers
1,900 km


Nautical Miles
1,026 nm


Performance
CEILING


Feet
42,995 ft


Meters
13,105 m


Miles
8.14 mi


Performance
CLIMB RATE


Feet-per-Minute
4,000 ft/min


Meters-per-Minute
1,219 m/min

Armament - Hardpoints (None.):

None.
Variants: Series Model Variants
• HA-420 "HondaJet" - Base Series Name
• HA-420 "HonjaJet Elite" - Upgraded form offering an increase of 17% in operational range.