When it was ready to tell the world about its all-new light business jet under development for more than a decade, Honda turned to AOPA Pilot, the world's largest and most influential aviation magazine. As a result, AOPA members will be the first to learn the in-depth details of the much talked-about but never seen HondaJet. The unusual airplane is the cover story of the August issue of AOPA Pilot, which is in the mail this week to AOPA members worldwide. While jet ownership isn't in the future for most AOPA members, this radical airplane design carries aerodynamic tricks that will be of interest to any pilot. As part of its coverage AOPA Pilot was given an exclusive interview with the jet's designer, Michimasa Fujino. During the interview, Fujino described the airplane's unique laminar-flow nose, the radical over-the-wing engine mounting system that most others said couldn't be done, and the Honda-developed and patented natural laminar flow wing design. The airplane is powered by a pair of Honda HF-118 engines, which are being certificated under an agreement with General Electric. Honda has not yet made a decision to manufacture the HondaJet but may do so within a few months. The airplane will make its debut during a three-hour visit to EAA AirVenture next Thursday, July 28. AOPA members can read all the details now online.
July 20, 2005