Honda has announced that its aviation subsidiary Honda Aircraft Company’s HondaJet has hit a new record in shortest flying time for two flight routes in the US’s compact business jet category.
The records were set at the 2016 National Business Aviation Association, the world’s biggest business aircraft show, which was held in Orlando, Florida, from November 1 to 3 and were officially acknowledged by the US National Aeronautics Association.
The records were set between Teterboro, New Jersey, and Fort Lauderdale, Florida; and between Boston, Massachusetts, and Palm Beach, Florida.
For the flight between Teterboro and Fort Lauderdale, the aircraft left Teterboro Airport on August 9, 2016, at 2:15 pm, and landed at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport at 5:06 pm. Although facing a head wind averaging 60 knots (about 111 km/h), the HondaJet made it in 2 hours and 51 minutes. It reached a maximum ground speed of 414 knots (about 767 km/h).
The record-setting flight from Boston to Palm Beach was on July 19, 2016. It left Boston’s New Bedford Regional Airport at 7:18 am and arrived at Palm Beach International Airport at 10:16 am. It faced a head wind averaging 30 knots (about 56 km/h) and took 2 hours and 58 minutes. Its maximum ground speed was 422 knots (about 782 km/h).
HACI president Michimasa Fujino said, “Setting this new record regardless of high temperatures and strong head winds for two routes that will be used frequently by compact business jets in the future is a testament to HondaJet’s high cruising speed, excellent ascent and descent, and overall performance for practical use.”
Through its use of Honda technology developed in-house such as its main wing-equipped engine, natural laminar flow airfoil profile and one-form molding composite material, the HondaJet offers the highest maximum speed, highest capable altitude, best rising performance, excellent fuel economy, and largest storage space in its class. The HondaJet went on sale in the US in December, 2015, and is currently sold through 12 dealers in the US, Canada, Mexico and Europe.
(Translated by Greg Scott)