The UK’s GKN Aerospace (Booth No. 4918), a supplier of aerostructures, propulsion systems and transparencies, is setting its sights on the business aviation market, announcing that it intends to make its presence in the business aviation engines sector a core focus over the next five years.
In designing a new sub-10,000-pound business jet, Honda designer Michimasa Fujino took an unusual approach. Most start-up aircraft companies begin with
The decision by Spectrum Aeronautical to flip-flop the development schedule for its airplanes by certifying the all-carbon-fiber midsize S-40 Freedom before the S-33 Independence light jet could be judged as a shrewd move in years hence. After all, the market is already flush with diminutive light and very light bizjet offerings from a compendium of start-up and established manufacturers.
For General Electric, the 50/50 partnership with Honda to produce and market the HF120 turbofan is a return to GE’s roots in the small-turbine-engine marketplace. “This relationship with Honda is somewhat of a renaissance,” said Bill Dwyer, president of the GE Honda Aero Engines partnership. “If you look at the heritage of GE, our business started as a small-engine company.”
As preparations continue for the construction of Honda Aircraft’s new world headquarters building in Greensboro, N.C., Honda engineers are refining the aircraft design and laying the groundwork for more prototypes.
On June 27, Honda Aircraft president and CEO Michimasa Fujino and local officials held a groundbreaking ceremony for the company’s new world headquarters at Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, N.C.
More parts of Honda’s aerospace puzzle are coming together as the company announced today that its GE Honda HF120 turbofan engines (2,000-pound-thrust class) would be made in North Carolina, where the HondaJet will be manufactured. To date, the engine has been selected to power the Spectrum Freedom and the HondaJet.
Honda added another element to the business plan for its aviation ventures last month, when the Japanese carmaker announced the formation of Honda Aero Inc., a subsidiary of Honda Motor Co. Led by Junichi Araki, the new business unit will employ only about 10 people and is scheduled to begin operations by year-end at a U.S. location to be determined.
North Carolina representative Cary Allred is sure enough that GE Honda Aero Engines is planning to build its new engine plant at Burlington-Alamance Regional Airport that he is publicly revealing the engine maker’s plans ahead of any formal announcement.
The Experimental Aircraft Association AirVenture at Oshkosh, Wis., next month will be the site for the first public viewing of the HondaJet, an experimental very light jet which has quietly been under development for several years at a Honda research facility at Piedmont Triad Airport in Greensboro, N.C. The jet, powered by two GE Honda HF118 turbofans, made its first flight in December 2003.