Honda’s Private Jet Breaks Two World Records for Speed

December 1st, 2016
HondaJet. Credit: Honda Motor

HondaJet. Credit: Honda Motor

Honda Aircraft Company’s fastest and most fuel-efficient private jet in its class, HondaJet, recently accomplished two separate speed records in U.S. President and CEO, Michimasa Fujino, had described the highest-flying jet as the ‘crystal of sweat and tears’.

HondJet Features

The long-term research activities blending advanced technologies and concepts have resulted in HondaJet. Honda patented the Over-The-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM) configuration. The private jet is featured with natural laminar flow wing, composite fuselage, and fuselage nose. It has a maximum cruise speed of 422 knots (486 mph) and a maximum altitude of 43,000 feet. The jet has upto 17% of fuel-efficiency and an NBAA IFR range of 1,223 nautical miles (1,408 miles). The features include minimised cabin sound and ground-detected noise, spacious cabins, largest baggage capacity, and fully-serviceable private lavatory. The HondaJet is currently priced at $4.85 million.

HondaJet World Records

The busiest business aviation airports and popular routes were selected to demonstrate that patrons could reach their destinations fast. On April 9, 2016, HondaJet set the record between New Jersey and Florida. The jet departed Teterboro airport at 2:15 p.m. EST and landed at Fort Lauderdale Executive airport at 5:06 p.m., taking two hours and 51 minutes at a cruising altitude of 43,000 feet. The jet accomplished a ground speed of 414 knots (478 mph).

The second record was set from Boston to Palm Beach. The flight departed on July 19, 2016, from New Bedford Regional airport at 7:18 a.m. EDT and landed at Palm Beach International airport at 10:16 a.m. taking two hours and 58 minutes. It accomplished maximum ground speed of 422 knots (486 mph).

The records are approved by the US National Aeronautic Association. Approvals are pending by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale in Switzerland. Peter Kriegler and Glenn Gonzales piloted the flights.

The HondaJet will be showcased at the Middle East Business Aviation (MEBAA) Conference in Dubai during December 6-8, 2016.

Private – Jet Rides affects the Aircraft Market

November 25th, 2016

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With the advancement of the modern technology, flying in a private carter is no longer the monopoly of only the super-rich. It can be said that the entire aviation industry is undergoing a huge change these days, as the business models are now created to fit the passengers into the idle aircrafts. Read the rest of this entry »

The All New G500 – Business Jet from Gulfstream

November 16th, 2016
Gulfstream G500. Credit:  Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation

Gulfstream G500. Credit: Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation

The Gulfstream I (GI) the first business aircraft with turboprop engine built by the leader in the field of business jets took its first flight on 14 Aug. 1958. Its series of long-range jets have become very popular in luxury air travel. At Gulfstream, they say ‘our history defines our future’. Read the rest of this entry »

Indian Aviation Sector Spreads Wings – Boom for Private Charters Too

November 8th, 2016
Credit: Taj Air

Credit: Taj Air

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Flying with Pets by Private Jet

November 4th, 2016
Travelling with your pet

Travelling with your pet

You love your furry friends and wish to travel on the flight with them. Commercial flights may pose various challenges, and taking a flight with private jet charters will let you travel unhassled with your pets.  Pet parents love to see their pets enjoy their flight experience. It plays a calming effect when pets have their owners around. Read the rest of this entry »

New Bombardier Learjet 75 Unveiled at Biggin Hill Airport

October 25th, 2016
Learjet 75. Credit: Bombardier

Learjet 75. Credit: Bombardier

The Learjet 75 is a Learjet development program by the Canadian aircraft manufacturer Bombardier Aerospace. This light business jet is developed in anticipation of rising in the business of smaller/light private aircraft predicted by Bombardier. Read the rest of this entry »

Jackie Chan’s $20 million Embraer Legacy 500

October 21st, 2016
Legacy 500, Credit: Embraer SA

Legacy 500, Credit: Embraer SA

The movie icon Jackie Chan recently took delivery of a new Embraer Legacy 500 business jet. But it is neither his first private jet nor his first Embraer. Chan, who is also a brand ambassador for the Brazilian aeroplane maker, Embraer; took delivery of his Embraer Legacy 650 in the year 2012, and now this latest addition in his fleet is the first Legacy 500 to be delivered to any Chinese customer. Read the rest of this entry »

The Aerial Vehicle – Solar Ship – A Game Changer in Cargo Movement

October 13th, 2016
Solar Ship. Credit: Solar Ship Inc.

Solar Ship. Credit: Solar Ship Inc.

Across the globe moving a cargo in remote places which are not accessible by roads or sea has been always a very costly and too much time-consuming affair and a cause of major concern especially during natural calamities. Solar Ship Inc. a Canadian based company has developed a hybrid aircraft technology that very well addresses this problem, also called as a flying machine. Read the rest of this entry »

Penthouse in the Air – The First Ever BBJ 787 – 8

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BBJ 787 - 8 Credit: Kestrel Aviation Management

BBJ 787 – 8 Credit: Kestrel Aviation Management

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Virgin Atlantic & LanzaTech Achieve Breakthrough in Producing Low Carbon Jet Fuel

September 27th, 2016
Virgin Atlantic Boeing 787. Credit: Aleem Yousaf

Virgin Atlantic Boeing 787. Credit: Aleem Yousaf

Reducing CO2 emissions from the new generation aeroplanes has always been a headache for the researchers, as the planes contribute to more than 2% of the global carbon emissions and the aviation industry is growing rapidly. It was Virgin Atlantic who had flown a commercial flight with biofuel way back in 2008. Though it was only a small percentage of coconut and babassu oil mixture which was added to the regular aviation fuel. Read the rest of this entry »