HondaJet makes world debut at EAA Airventure
The HondaJet prototype was expected to make its world debut, and first public demonstration flight, on July 28 at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis. Its planned four-hour appearance at the show represents the twinjet’s first major exposure to aviation enthusiasts and the aviation media. The HondaJet, which is powered by two 1,670-pound-thrust GE/Honda HF118 turbofans positioned on the upper surface of the wing, has logged 150 hours since its first flight on Dec. 3, 2003. Honda said the jet has so far achieved its maximum altitude of 42,650 feet and maximum speed of 393 knots. A spokesman reaffirmed that Honda does not currently have any “business plans” for the composite fuselage/aluminum wing jet, though he said flight testing will continue.