Two jets belonging to Honda Aircraft have been featured in Experimental Aircraft Association’s (EAA) AirVenture Oshkosh 2013, marking their first public debut at the event. The two FAA-conforming models made the public demonstration on Monday, 29th July, that included a flyby in the centre of Phillips 66 Plaza. Attended by over 500,000 attendees, the aerial demonstration paid a tribute to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh and to those attending.
“EAA AirVenture Oshkosh has special significance for me,” said Michimasa Fujino, president and CEO of Honda Aircraft. “This event is where I introduced the proof-of-concept HondaJet to the world for the very first time [the prototype in 2005]. It was truly the beginning of Honda’s exciting venture into aviation. I am very excited that EAA AirVenture Oshkosh has once again provided the setting for the first public appearance and demonstration flight of not one, but two FAA-conforming HondaJets.”
The two HondaJets are the company’s third and fourth conforming models of the six total jets produced for the certification so far. Four of these models are used for flight-testing, whereas the remaining two for structural testing. With a seating capacity of up to five passengers and one crewmember, HondaJet boasts Over-The-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM) configuration along with composite fuselage.
The third FAA-conforming model was made a part of the certification program in November 2011 and is currently being employed for mechanical system testing, encompassing aspects such as nosewheel steering, brake control system and flight controls. Previously, this jet has been used for hot weather testing in Yuma, Ariz as well as for water ingestion testing. The fifth FAA-conforming jet made its flight debut in May 2013, attaining a height of approximately 12,000 feet with a speed of 300 knots.
By the end of 2014, Honda Aircraft Company is seeking to secure the FAA certification of the $4.5 million HondaJet. Considered as the most advanced jets in the world today, HondaJet is equipped with the latest technology and features, along with being one of the most fuel-efficient jets in their category.