GKN to produce composite HondaJet fuselage

GKN to produce composite HondaJet fuselage
GKN Aerospace has won a production contract with Honda Aircraft to supply a lightweight, composite fuselage for its HondaJet advanced light business jet.

Marcus Bryson, ceo of GKN, said: "Our two years of development work with Honda Aircraft to create this innovative, composite fuselage has extended GKN's established relationship with Honda.

"We look forward to working closely with Honda Aircraft in the years ahead as the most advanced light jet yet created reaches its full potential."

The HondaJet fuselage is made up of composites co-cured integrally in an autoclave. This manufacturing process is designed to reduce manufacturing complexity, while the composite structure is said to produce a lighter fuselage to offer greater fuel efficiency and increase interior cabin space.

Manufacturing of the fuselage has commenced and is being conducted at GKN's production facility in Alabama, USA.

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Laura Hopperton

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