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Honda Aircraft CEO Receives AIAA Reed Aeronautics Award

AIAA honored Michimasa Fujino, lead HondaJet designer and President andamp; CEO of Honda Aircraft Company, with its 2021 Reed Aeronautics Award "for the invention of advanced aerodynamic and structural techniques" at the AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala. The Reed Award is the highest honor an individual can receive for a notable achievement in aeronautics that represents a significant milestone in engineering advancement.The annual AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala recognizes the most influential and inspiring individuals in aerospace, whose outstanding contributions merit the highest accolades. This year, AIAA held the 2021 Spotlight Awards Gala virtually due to the COVID-19 pandemic.The clean-sheet aircraft design conceived by Fujino introduced innovations in aviation technology, including the Over-The-Wing Engine Mount and Natural Laminar Flow wing and fuselage. The HondaJet is the first, and only, business jet to include these technologies."I was very surprised, honored, and very grateful to be recognized with the 2021 Reed Aeronautics Award," said Fujino. "I've worked on airplane design for the past 35 years -- it has been challenging, but also very exciting. On behalf of Honda Aircraft Company, I'd like to express my sincere appreciation to everyone who supported the HondaJet project."The Reed Aeronautics Award is the highest honor AIAA bestows for notable achievement in the field of aeronautics. Named after Dr. Sylvanus A. Reed, an aeronautical engineer, designer, and founding member of the Institute of the Aeronautical Sciences in 1932. Past recipients of the award include Clarence L. Johnson for the SR-71, Ben R. Rich for the F-117, Preston A. Henne for the MD-80 and Gulfstream aircraft, and Elbert L. Rutan for the Voyager.
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