To steer you all away from cars for a while, Honda, besides making cars and motorbikes also produces jet planes. The first production HondaJet made its public debut yesterday at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, Winconsin, USA. Following a celebratory event commemorating the occasion, the HondaJet concluded the day with an entertaining flight demonstration that included high and low-speed passes during the afternoon air show.
“EAA AirVenture Oshkosh has been the setting of several HondaJet firsts and in many ways, this event was the true beginning of Honda’s aviation venture,” said Honda Aircraft President and CEO Michimasa Fujino. “We decided to debut the first production HondaJet here as part of Honda’s ongoing commitment to inspire others through the power and realisation of our dreams.”
“We again welcome the impressive innovation and technology from the Honda Aircraft team, as it is a perfect fit for the world of flying ingenuity we see every year at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh,” said Jack J. Pelton, EAA’s chairman of the board. “It has been fascinating to watch the development of the HondaJet from its original concept to the production aircraft shown here at Oshkosh. It is a tribute to the entire Honda team that made it possible.”
The first production HondaJet will be on static display in the Honda Aircraft Company’s exhibit until 1st August. In addition to the HondaJet, EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 attendees will have the opportunity to see the all-new ASIMO, Honda’s advanced humanoid robot.
The HondaJet is the world’s most advanced light jet, and its distinctive design incorporates advanced technologies and concepts. The HondaJet Over-The-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM) configuration, natural-laminar flow wing and fuselage nose, and composite fuselage were developed from long-term research activities. These innovations combine to make the HondaJet the fastest, most spacious and most fuel-efficient jet in its class.
EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is the world’s premier aviation event that attracts more than 500,000 people each year. The show runs until Sunday, August 3, and is held at Wittman Regional Airport.