Singha wrote:a good example of the "right stuff" we need
In 1986, a young Honda engineer named Michimasa Fujino crystallized that vision when Honda initiated research and development into an advanced, air-bound Honda. After four decades of both passion and hard work, the HondaJet creator has nearly completed his vision as the president and CEO of Honda Aircraft Company.
HondaJet was truly born from the power of dreams — the power that drove our innovations in aircraft design from thought to drawing board to flight. HondaJet began as an intellectual contemplation and developed into a series of questions: How could a light jet become more efficient, more elegant, more advanced?
Experimentation, exploration, and research ensued — and the HondaJet vision was realized through design innovations that create an integrated, technologically advanced aircraft. The realization of this dream is due to equal parts romance and pragmatism.
they were able to work with GE to develop their own jet engine - a fairly small core team looking at the pic.
http://jalopnik.com/honda-sets-aviation ... 1692242887
What is the advantage of the overwing engine mounting in the Hondajet over say an nearly equivalent fairing jutting from the fuselage to maintain the position of the engine to ensure clean airflow ? I thought the weight and structural penalties of carrying 2 heavy engines on the wing would outweigh than any advantages. The only advantage appears to be fuel supply piping if the wing tanks are primary fuel sources, I wonder if the aviation experts have commented on this novel approach and thrashed out pros and cons. Any links will be helpful.