Honda Aircraft contracts GKN to supply fuselage for jet

Components manufacturer GKN Aerospace has won a production contract with Honda Aircraft as supplier of the composite fuselage for the HondaJet advanced light business jet.

GKN Aerospace has began manufacturing the fuselage at its production facility in Alabama, US.

The HondaJet fuselage, designed by Honda Aircraft, is constructed of composites co-cured integrally in an autoclave.

This manufacturing process is claimed to reduce manufacturing complexity, while the composite structure produces a lighter fuselage that offers greater fuel efficiency and increased interior cabin space.