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HondaJet captures another innovation honour

Nov. 21, 2014, Greensboro, N.C. - The HondaJet has been selected by Popular Science magazine as a “Best of What’s New” award winner for 2014 in the aerospace category. The HondaJet was recognized for its superior combination of performance, fuel efficiency and passenger comfort.


November 21, 2014
Carey Fredericks

“Our goal with the HondaJet was to create a Honda-original airplane that would bring new value to customers through new and advanced technologies,” said Honda Aircraft Company President and CEO Michimasa Fujino. “Being recognized by Popular Science as one of the greatest innovations is truly exciting.”
 
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. These innovations combine to make the HondaJet the fastest, most spacious and most fuel-efficient jet in its class.
 
The HondaJet is fastest in its class at a maximum cruise speed of 420 knots (483 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.
 
“For 27 years, Popular Science has honoured the innovations that surprise and amaze us —those that make a positive impact on our world today and challenge our view of what’s possible in the future,” said Cliff Ransom, editor-in-chief of Popular Science. “The “Best of What’s New” award is the magazine’s top honour, and the winners — chosen from among thousands of entrants — each a revolution in its field.”
 
Each year, the editors of Popular Science review thousands of products in search of the top tech innovations of the year—breakthrough products and technologies that represent a significant leap in their categories. The winners are included in the December issue. “Best of What’s New” awards are presented to new products and technologies in 12 categories: aerospace, automotive; engineering; entertainment; gadgets; green; hardware; health; home; recreation; security; and software.