Marshall chosen for HondaJet nacelle
Marshall Aerospace has started work on the structural design and build of the engine nacelles for the new HondaJet advanced light jet aircraft.
The company was contracted in August by Honda Aircraft Company to produce the nacelle for the aircraft's distinctive over-the-wing engine mount configuration.
Going against conventional wisdom, Honda engineers discovered an optimal configuration through extensive experimentation and testing that achieves lower drag than the standard rear-fuselage engine mount design. Moreover, this arrangement maximises interior cabin space because there are no fuselage-mounted engine supports.
The structural design and manufacture of the nacelles will be done at Marshall’s Cambridge facility in the UK, with the first set due for delivery to Honda Aircraft Company in early 2009. Honda chose Marshall for its ability to produce a cost effective, light weight solution within a demanding schedule.
Marshall Aerospace has worked extensively in the area of aerostructures, building on its heritage of developing light weight fuel tank solutions for major aircraft manufacturers.
HondaJet is Honda's first commercial aircraft. Aimed at business and personal light jet owners and operators, it offers a maximum cruise speed of 420KTAS (773kph / 483mph) and accommodates five passengers and two crew in its executive configuration.