Flying Innovation Award Nominee: HondaJet

Honda’s first airplane is also one of the most innovative light jets ever created.

HondaJet
The HondaJet is one of the finalists for the Flying Innovation Award, being presented at this year's AirVenture air show.HondaJet

In development for 30 years, the HondaJet is a revolutionary airplane that challenges many of the assumptions of bizjet production. Featuring a natural-laminar flow wing and fuselage and Honda's unusual over-the-wing engine mounting configuration, it is most advanced VLJ ever produced.

Priced at $4.9 million, the all-composite HondaJet can cruise at 422 ktas at FL 430, has room for seven, can be flown single-pilot and has an onboard lavatory. That’s a lot of capability for a competitive price in a nice overall package.

Power comes from a pair of GE Honda HF120 turbofan engines that provide exceptional efficiency, while up front in the cockpit in this highly capable Garmin G3000 avionics system with touchscreen controllers. Click here to read our HondaJet flight report.

Flying will announce the winner of the first-ever Innovation Award later this month at Oshkosh. The HondaJet is vying for the prize against other worthy contenders including the Piper M600, the CubCrafters XCub, the Dynon D10A and Garmin G5 flight displays and the SiriusXM SXAR1 portable satellite weather data receiver.