Fujino, one of 13 individuals to be honored during the virtual AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala on August 12, was credited with “the invention of advanced aerodynamic and structural technologies implemented on Honda’s first aircraft, the HondaJet, creating new value in business aviation,” according to an announcement by the Reston, Virginia-based organization.
Honda Aircraft noted in a news release that his clean-sheet design of the jet “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 am honored to be recognized by the AIAA with the 2021 Reed Aeronautics Award and, on behalf of the entire HondaJet team, we are proud to be presented with this tremendous accolade,” Fujino said. “It is a great privilege to be recognized by such a distinguished organization for the HondaJet’s advanced aerodynamic and structural technologies. As a leading mobility technology company, Honda Aircraft will continue to invest in leading-edge technologies that become the new standard in the industry.”
AIAA President Basil Hassan highlighted Fujino’s “dedication to utilizing cutting-edge aeronautical technologies to create new value in business aviation,” calling him “an inspiration to the global aerospace industry.”
Fujino’s passion for innovating “makes him a deserving recipient of this year’s Reed Aeronautics Award,” he added.
According to AIAA, the Reed Aeronautics Award, which is named after aeronautical engineer Sylvanus A. Reed, is the highest honor bestowed on an individual “for a notable achievement in aeronautics that represents a significant engineering advancement milestone.” The annual AIAA Aerospace Spotlight Awards Gala recognizes “the most influential and inspiring individuals in aerospace, whose outstanding contributions merit the highest accolades.”