Aero Engine Center

Aiming to create the world’s No.1 aircraft engine

Aero Engine Center

Honda Aero Engine Center aims to create the world’s best aircraft engine through developing compact, lightweight, high performance and environmentally superior gas turbine engines. Since its foundation in 2004, the Center has developed the HF120 Engine jointly with GE Aviation, which received Type Certification from the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration in December 2013. In 2014, production began at Honda Aero Inc.’s plant at its headquarters in North Carolina. Honda Aero Engine Center will provide prime services and research competitive and innovative engine technologies to rain robust customer confidence.

Aero Engine Center
Engine Flight Test

Engine Flight Test

Engine Test Operation

Engine Test Operation

CFRP deliverable applied on production

CFRP deliverable applied on production

Engine Test

Engine Test

Fan FOD (Foreign Object Damage) Analysis

Fan FOD (Foreign Object Damage) Analysis

Small turbofan engine development

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1986: Founded Wako Fundamental Technology Research Center, and initiated small gas turbine engine research.

1999: Embarked on designing the HF118 Turbofan Engine as a compact, lightweight, fuel-efficient and low-emission jet engine.

June 2002: Commenced high-altitude flight testing.

December 2003: First successful full-scale flight test in North Carolina, USA.

October 2004: Established a joint venture company with General Electric Co., (GE), the world’s largest jet engine manufacturer, to co-develop Honda’s first commercial engine, the HF120.

The HF120, a more sophisticated version of the HF118 incorporates Honda proprietary computational fluid dynamics software to optimize airflow within the compact engine, applying composite material and heat resistant super alloy, and is top-class for light weight, low fuel efficiency, low emission and long durability.

December 2013: FAA Type Certificate issued for the HF120.