If you’re a wealthy CEO with that needs to get to a vital meeting across the country, skip first class and hop into a HondaJet because it’s the fastest jet in business aviation. Honda proved that this year by using the plane on two recognized courses, and the aircraft set records on both of them. The U.S. National Aeronautic Association certified both attempts.
“We chose several of the busiest business aviation airports with extremely popular routes to demonstrate that the HondaJet will get customers where they need to be faster than any other light jet,” said Honda Aircraft President and CEO Michimasa Fujino.
In a flight from Teterboro, New Jersey, to Fort Lauderdale, Florida, in April the plane suffered 70-mile-per-hour average headwinds and still covered the distance in a record-setting two hours and 51 minutes. It had a maximum ground speed of 478 mph.
A run from Boston, Massachusetts to Palm Beach, Florida, in July required just two hours and 58 minutes and achieved a maximum ground speed of 486 mph. This flight had the added advantage of easier headwinds at an average 35 mph.
Honda touts the HondaJet as the fastest plane in its class with a max speed of 486 mph, and the company claims that it’s the most fuel-efficient in the segment, too. With a ceiling of 43,000 feet, it can fly higher than competitors, too. The firm claims that the aircraft’s odd-looking over-the-wing engines and specially designed fuselage are at least partially responsible for the impressive performance because of better aerodynamics.
The HondaJet costs around $4.5 million and can carry up to six passengers. There are tons of options too, including a system that lets occupants control the audio system, lighting, cabin temperature, and electrochromatic window shades from a mobile device.
The HondaJet made its maiden flight in production guise in 2014, and Honda delivered the first one to a customer in the United States in December 2015, which was less than a month after receiving final certification from the Federal Aviation Administration. The company sold the first one in Europe in April 2016.
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HondaJet Sets Two Speed Records Flying between the Northeast and South Florida
ORLANDO, Fla. — Nov. 1, 2016 — Honda Aircraft Company today announced that the HondaJet, the fastest jet in its class, has officially secured its first speed records over two recognized courses from Teterboro, New Jersey to Fort Lauderdale, Florida and Boston, Massachusetts to Palm Beach, Florida. The United States National Aeronautic Association presented the records to Honda Aircraft Company during the National Business Aviation Association’s (NBAA) Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in Orlando, Florida.
In setting the record between New Jersey and Florida, the HondaJet departed Teterboro Airport at 2:15 p.m. EST on April 9, 2016 and landed at Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport at 5:06 p.m. Despite average headwinds of 60 knots (nearly 70 mph), the flight took two hours and 51 minutes at a cruising altitude of 43,000 feet with the HondaJet surpassing the existing record from Teterboro to Fort Lauderdale. The HondaJet achieved a maximum ground speed of 414 knots (478 mph) for this flight.
For the Boston to Palm Beach record, the HondaJet departed New Bedford Regional Airport at 7:18 a.m. EDT on July 19, 2016 and landed at Palm Beach International Airport at 10:16 a.m. Factoring average headwinds of 30 knots (35 mph), the flight took two hours and 58 minutes. The HondaJet achieved a maximum ground speed of 422 knots (486 mph). The HondaJet is the first aircraft in its class to officially achieve the Boston to Palm Beach record.
“We chose several of the busiest business aviation airports with extremely popular routes to demonstrate that the HondaJet will get customers where they need to be faster than any other light jet,” said Honda Aircraft President and CEO Michimasa Fujino. “These missions prove just how dramatically HondaJet design innovations like the Over-The-Wing Engine Mount increase performance and fuel efficiency over other light jets."
The records are approved by the U.S. National Aeronautic Association and pending approval as world records by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale in Switzerland. Peter Kriegler and Glenn Gonzales piloted the HondaJet on both flights.
The HondaJet is the world’s most advanced light jet, and its distinctive design incorporates advanced technologies and concepts. The HondaJet patented Over-The-Wing Engine Mount configuration, natural laminar flow wing and fuselage nose, and composite fuselage were developed from long-term research activities.
The HondaJet is fastest jet in its class with a maximum cruise speed of 422 knots (486 mph); it soars highest in its class with a maximum altitude of 43,000 feet; and it is the most fuel-efficient light jet in its class by up to 17 percent. It has an NBAA IFR range of 1,223 nautical miles (1,408 miles).