Honda Aircraft has broken ground for a 90,000-sq-ft maintenance facility at its world headquarters on Piedmont Triad International Airport. The Greensboro, N.C. facility is scheduled to enter service by the second half of next year.
Site preparation for the $20 million MRO facility began last February on a 54-acre extension to the company’s world headquarters, which houses the manufacturer’s R&D and production buildings. Overall, the $120 million investment encompasses more than half a million square feet on more than 130 acres.
The new facility, which includes a 24/7 support center, is large enough to handle 12 aircraft simultaneously and features several backshops, including composite and sheet metal structures, avionics, interiors and a 4,000-sq-ft environmentally controlled parts warehouse. Additionally, there will be a customer area with a large pilot lounge, individual work rooms with conference space, and a flight-planning room near the aircraft ramp.
The MRO facility will also house the Product Support Group, whose mission is to support the customer and aircraft after delivery and administer HondaJet warranty and service plans.