All Hail The HondaJet:
With all the turmoil in the Middle East, you would hardly know it. But, mark my words, no news item today will be of greater historical significance than the introduction of the HondaJet
- "the Honda Civic of the air."
Make no mistake, private jet travel is still out of reach of the average Joe. But recent advances in VLJ technology have been marked. And the introduction of the HondaJet brings that ideal one step closer.
I see the breakthrough technology, surely on the horizon, as a low-cost implementation of rear stabilizer-less fly-by-wire systems, such as on the B-2 Stealth bomber. This will further increase efficiency, and markedly reduce manufacturing costs - particularly in an automated lay-up composite structure. This naturally leads to a blended wing-body configuration - greatly increasing payload.