July 29, 2014, Oshkosh, Wi. - The first production HondaJet made its public debut at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh on Monday. Following a celebratory event commemorating the occasion, the HondaJet concluded the day with an entertaining flight demonstration during the afternoon airshow that included high- and low-speed passes.
By Stacy Bradshaw
“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 Company President and CEO Michimasa Fujino. “We decided to debut the first production HondaJet here as part of Honda’s commitment to inspire others through the power and realization 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 exhibit through Friday. EAA AirVenture Oshkosh is the world’s premier aviation event that attracts more than 500,000 people each year. The show runs through this Sunday, and is held at Wittman Regional Airport.
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.