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HondaJet gets its engine

• http://www.gizmag.com, By David Szondy

After completing FAA certification testing last year, the executive jet's first pair of production HF120 jet engines have been shipped.

The HF120 is a variant of the Honda HF118 and the first engine to be developed by the GE Honda Aero Engines joint venture. The first pair was built by GE Aviation in Lynn, Massachusetts, where the engine has gone into full production, though manufacturing is scheduled to move to the new Honda Aero factory in Burlington, North Carolina by the end of the year.

The result of over a decade’s work, the HF120 is the smallest jet in the GE stable with a diameter of only 18.5 in (47 cm), though it cranks out 2,095 lb (950 kg) of thrust. It has a wide-chord, swept front-fan bladed disk feeding a two-stage, low-pressure compressor and a counter-rotating, high-pressure compressor with a titanium impeller for maximum engine pressure ratio and stall-free performance.

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