Honda Starts Production of HondaJet
Greensboro, North Carolina
Honda Aircraft president and CEO Michimasa Fujino welcomed members of the media on Tuesday to a rare open house at the company’s new production facility at Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, N.C. The $100 million, 263,000-sq-ft production facility was completed earlier this year.
Landmark Aviation’s FBO at Piedmont Triad International Airport (GSO) in Greensboro, N.C., has seen an increase in business since its opening in May following a $2 million renovation, according to the facility’s general manager. The remodeling effort encompassed structural changes to the building and introduced a new more spacious passenger lounge, VIP lounge, a new bistro and a conference room.
The first production-conforming HondaJet achieved the design’s planned maximum speed during flight testing, Honda Aircraft said last month. The light twinjet reached 425 ktas at 30,000 feet and a maximum Mach of 0.72 above 30,000 feet during a March 11 flight from the company’s Greensboro, N.C. headquarters.
Honda Aircraft announced this week that its first production-conforming HondaJet achieved the model’s planned maximum speed during flight testing. The light twinjet reached 425 ktas at 30,000 feet and a maximum Mach of 0.72 above 30,000 feet during a March 11 flight from the company’s Greensboro, N.C. headquarters.
Honda Aircraft Company announced late last month that it completed the first flight of an FAA-conforming HondaJet. The light jet took off for a 51-minute flight on December 20, from the company’s headquarters facility at Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, N.C.
Timco Aviation Services plans to begin widebody operations at its Macon, Ga., facility early next year, according to CEO Kevin Carter. “We’ve had requests from customers to expand our widebody capacity, which has been offered only at our Greensboro, N.C. facility,” Carter told AIN.
The first production conforming HondaJet is now scheduled to fly in the middle of this year, at a date yet to be determined, according to a Honda Aircraft spokesman. The prototype HondaJet has been flying since Dec. 3, 2003, and has met projected performance targets during more than 500 hours of testing by flying at a top speed of 420 knots and altitude of 43,000 feet.
Last spring, Honda Aircraft (Booth No. 5394) brought a new cabin mockup of its twinjet to the European Business Aviation Convention & Exhibition (EBACE). Here at NBAA’09, the Greensboro, N.C.-based manufacturer is showing its HondaJet prototype and a fuselage mockup in its exhibit.
Honda Aircraft, which announced last month a one-year delay in certification of its HondaJet as a result of supplier issues, remains confident, buoyed by an order book for “well over 100 aircraft.” According to Stephen Keeney, senior manager for corporate affairs, “the vast majority of our customers are sticking with us.”
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