You’ve got places to be and people to see – and conventional air wares just won’t cut the mustard. For the epitome of elegant aerospace travel, the private jet is the only vehicle that guarantees speed, style and sophistication without the risk of getting stuck in traffic on the way to that unmissable business opportunity.
But in a world of ever-advancing aviation, the question is where to start with the latest airborne releases?
How about the HA-420 HondaJet, Japanese transport titan Honda’s first punt at developing a light-weight business jet? With a wingspan of 39.8 feet and totalling 42.6 feet in length, this relatively pintsize plane certainly isn’t an Airbus, but if you’re looking to get from place to place with limited fuss and hassle, and only need a maximum capacity of six people, then the HondaJet may well be the one.
Whilst the HondaJet falls short in terms of maximum speed (486 mph) and range (1388 miles) when compared to the bigger beasts of the business jet industry, it’ll put a slightly smaller dent in your wallet than your typical midsize vehicle, coming in at an almost bargain price of $5.9 million.
As would be expected from a company as dedicated to technological advancements as Honda, the entire shape of the HondaJet resembles a love-letter to inspired aerodynamics. One such marvel of engineering is the over-the-wing engine mount – the eventual product of more than two decades of extensive research and development. This engine adaptation not only differs from almost every conventional market rival to the HondaJet, thereby giving you an aesthetic edge on the tarmac, but also provides practical advances, such as a more spacious cabin, greater noise reduction and increased fuel efficiency.
Further to this, Honda have adapted the design of both the main wing air-foil and fuselage nose shape to reduce drag and further maximize fuel efficiency and cruising speed, which stands at 423 mph.
The real beauty of the HondaJet, however, hides within the cockpit. Built with both safety and situational awareness in mind at all times, the Garmin G3000 all-glass avionics system houses dual touch-screen controllers and three 14-inch high-resolution landscape displays that offer enhanced navigation, flight planning and overall control. With the opportunity to enable either single- or dual-pilot operation, the HondaJet cockpit removes intrusions and supplements natural skill with technological intuition of its own.
Next week we'll scope out the Dassualt Falcon 8x in the next installment of our Luxury Travel Series.
Article by Jake Taylor RE:LUXE