Initial Operational Capability (IOC):
General Electric and Honda Motor Co.
Parent System: HF118
Initial Operational Capability (IOC): 2004
Total Production: ?
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Description: The HF118 is a two-spool turbofan, one-stage fan, two-stage compressor, two-stage turbine engine intended for the light business jet market. It was developed in partnership by General Electric (GE) and Honda. The HF118 reliable and durable turbofan propulsion system is targeted at small, less expensive business jets accommodating four to eight passengers such as the Honda Jet. Honda and GE forecast more than 200 of small business jets being sold each year. As of late 2006, the HF118 had accumulated more than 4,000 hours in ground tests and more than 450 hours in flight tests demonstrating the engine's reliability, long maintenance interval and fuel economy.
On October 12, 2004, General Electric and Honda Motor established a 50/50 joint venture company called GE Honda Aero Engines LLC in Las Vegas, Nevada, to pursue the launch of the HF118 turbofan engine. GE Honda Aero Engines is responsible for commercial turbofans ranging in thrust from 1,000 to 3,500 pounds with the 1,600-lb HF118 as the launch engine. As of May 2005, Honda and GE were implementing a new wave of improvements coming from engine programs managed by both companies separately.
In October 2006, GE Honda Aero Engines officially launched the HF120 as the successor to HF118 powering the production Honda Jet projected to enter service by 2010. Therefore, the HF118 was push into a developmental engine role for the Honda Jet prototype. The HF120's combustor is based on the HF118 design.
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