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HondaJet Debut At EAA Airventure In Oshkosh

Fri Jul 29, 2005 11:51 am

The HondaJet made it's world debut at EAA Airventure on 7/28/05. The aircraft arrived at about 1000 AM CDT without much fanfare (no flybys) because of all the other air traffic swaming around. It taxied into position at the center of the show and shortly after it's arrival, the head of US marketing for Honda spoke to the crowd, followed by the aircraft's chief designer, Michimasa Fujino.

There must have been 20 to 30 HondaJet staff on site to support the debut, and lots of PR type stuff, still photos and video being taken by some of the staff. Mr. Fujino conducted about a 1 hour presentation on design, development and testing of the aircraft at 1300 CDT. It was a very thorough presentation with many technical aspects discussed. This is a detail oriented development program, engineering first and marketing later (well just starting to ramp the hype machine now).

The aircraft departed at 1430 CDT and this time performed a moderate speed sideslip pass to display the unusual over/behind the wing engine mount and then a low speed pass with gear retracted followed by the final pass at relatively high speed.

Several observations from the day's events are:
1) The aircraft is remarkably quiet! Taxiing, takeoff and in flight the aircraft produced a very low noise signature...should not have trouble being used at small airports that might be concerned about jet noise.
2) This HondaJet was modeled not just for flight efficiency, but manufacturing efficiency as well. Should be easy to transition to certification.
3) GE/Honda Aero Engine folks were seen among the crowd. I think they would love to have this platform available for their new HF118-2 light turbine, even though they professionally deny any associations between the programs.
4) Not that I'm a betting man, but Honda seems to want to pursue this program and become a factor in the VLJ market. After seeing today's activities, I'm quite sure of that. This is not just a design study anymore imo.
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RE: HondaJet Debut At EAA Airventure In Oshkosh

Fri Jul 29, 2005 11:55 am




On behalf of those of us who wish we could be there to see it, thanks for the update, GEnx!


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RE: HondaJet Debut At EAA Airventure In Oshkosh

Fri Jul 29, 2005 11:55 am

Oh by the way, shortly before the arrival of the HondaJet, Richard Branson and Steve Fossett did a presentation in front of the GlobalFlyer. Virgin's name was all over the place as the SpaceShipOne was also there bolted under the White Knight transport. Just an fyi...was very interesting.
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RE: HondaJet Debut At EAA Airventure In Oshkosh

Fri Jul 29, 2005 12:02 pm




...A bit off-topic, but look what's already in the database:



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Pretty cool.


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RE: HondaJet Debut At EAA Airventure In Oshkosh

Fri Jul 29, 2005 12:12 pm

Yes 2H4, the Cessna Mustang prototype was there on static display. The Eclipse Jet did flight demos on 7/27/05, but I was not there to see it. Seems there's lots of activity in this very light jet category.

My brother took pics of the HondaJet today but I haven't seen them yet. Maybe one or two will be worth posting.
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RE: HondaJet Debut At EAA Airventure In Oshkosh

Wed Aug 10, 2005 9:12 am

As a matter of interest, here is a photo of the HondaJet departing. First HondaJet photo in the database (I was surprised there wasn't one sooner). After this takeoff, as has been mentioned, the aircraft performed several flybys in different flight configurations. With the out-of-ordinary engine layout, laminar flow wings and nose section, and advanced engines, this is a rather interesting little jet.


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RE: HondaJet Debut At EAA Airventure In Oshkosh

Wed Aug 10, 2005 11:33 pm

Quoting Soontobepilot (Reply 5):
First HondaJet photo in the database (I was surprised there wasn't one sooner).

I tired but the screeners didn't want me to be the first, mine were submitted on July 28th. The following day they were uploaded to myaviation.net.

Not trying to start anything, just saying the truth.

You'll have to scroll down to post 12 and 13.

RE: Honda Jet Makes First Public Flight (by SkyexRamper Jul 30 2005 in Civil Aviation)

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