|HondaJet in Panama as part of the Latin American demonstration tour. Photo: Hondajet
[Avionics Magazine 11-03-2016] Honda Aircraft Company’s HondaJet has officially secured two speed records over two recognized courses.
The first course runs from Teterboro, New Jersey to Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Despite average headwinds of 60 knots (nearly 70 mph), the 960-nautical-mile flight took two hours and 51 minutes at a cruising altitude of 43,000 feet with the HondaJet surpassing the existing record from Teterboro to Fort Lauderdale. Factoring the considerable headwind of 60 knots and high temperatures, the HondaJet achieved an average true air speed of 396 knots (456 mph) and maximum ground speed of 414 knots (478 mph) for this flight.
The second course runs from Boston, Massachusetts to Palm Beach, Florida. The 1,060-nautical-mile flight took two hours and 58 minutes. Factoring average 30 knot headwind, the HondaJet achieved an average true air speed of 385 knots and a maximum ground speed of 422 knots (486 mph). The HondaJet is the first aircraft in its class to officially achieve the Boston to Palm Beach record.
The United States National Aeronautic Association presented the records to Honda Aircraft Company during the National Business Aviation Association's (NBAA) Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in Orlando, Florida.