Honda Aircraft Advances Paint Technology and Options

Like a carefully choreographed dancer, the arms of a paint spray robot rotate around a newly built HondaJet, applying layer by layer of paint in the colors chosen by the buyer.

But it’s not just plain colors to fill in the gaps. The robotic arms are guided by laser projection technology that tells them exactly where to spray the different layers of paint. In the paint booth, two robots are attached to a portal that can move back and forth while the robot arms extend and extend and shoot in all directions.

“Our painting process combines modern robot application and laser projection technologies in order to display, paint and measure internal designs and exclusive designs of the customer down to the smallest detail,” says the company (booth 3167, Static A502). “This technology enables us to produce intricate paint designs while complying with FAA regulations on exterior paint thickness.” Honda Aircraft began painting with the robotic system in 2016 and is considered the only business jet manufacturer to use this technology to paint the entire aircraft begins.

One of the robot systems that paint new HondaJets.

One of the robot systems that paint new HondaJets.

The various applications of paint effects available on new Honda Jets have been demonstrated with the latest versions of the new HondaJet Elite S. These include subtle mother-of-pearl, glass reflection in low light and deep color effects as well as matt surfaces. When the Elite S was unveiled on May 26th, it was painted in a high-tech camouflage pattern. Another example is the unmistakably adorned “AlphaTauri” HondaJet, the aircraft purchased by Red Bull that is flown by Red Bull Racing and Scuderia AlphaTauri for Formula 1 events.

The Elite S began shipping in June and comes with a 200 pound max takeoff weight increase, improved nose-wheel steering, and new color options. With a base price of $ 5.4 million, the Honda Jet with GE Honda Aero HF120 propulsion can fly 1,437 nm with four occupants and a top speed of 422 ktas. The HondaJet seats up to eight passengers, and its unique engine mount above the wing creates a more spacious cabin with a separate toilet and spacious external luggage compartment.