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.
Israel Aircraft Industries of Tel Aviv and Avocet Aircraft of Westport, Conn., are within weeks of finalizing their definitive partnership agreement on the development, certification and production of the proposed very light ProJet, according to Avocet CEO David Tait. Since announcing the $2 million business jet last August, the companies have said little about the project.
Honda Aircraft officials have decided to outsource manufacture of major portions of the HondaJet, including the fuselage and wings. The company also reiterated its plans to equip the HondaJet with a Garmin avionics suite, naming Garmin the official supplier of a system “tailored for the HondaJet.”
Israel Aircraft Industries of Tel Aviv and Avocet Aircraft of Westport, Conn., have been in discussions with engine manufacturers, including the Honda/ General Electric joint venture company, for the proposed ProJet, an eight-seat very light twinjet. According to Avocet CEO David Tait, IAI and Avocet are within weeks of finalizing their definitive partnership agreement on the development, production and marketing of the $2 million ProJet.
At General Electric, the official corporate slogan is “Imagination at work.” At Honda, it’s “The power of dreams.” The two companies announced last month they have merged them in an alliance to develop, certify, market and support Honda’s 1,670-pound-thrust HF118 turbofan. The result could be one of the most innovative global alliances in business-aviation history.
Honda Aircraft announced this morning deals with three major component suppliers for the HondaJet. GKN Aerospace of Tallassee, Ala., will supply the structural subassembly for the fuselage, while Avcorp of Delta, British Columbia, will provide the wing structure sub-assembly. Both are major suppliers of civil and defense aerospace systems and components.
Piper Aircraft, whose dealers are working with Honda Aircraft to sell and service the HondaJet, continues with its plans to find a suitable location to build the single-engine PiperJet. While there is no joint effort in engineering and manufacturing of the two jets, “Piper continues to enjoy a strong cooperative relationship with Honda as both companies develop their respective jet programs,” said a Piper spokesman.
In a move that wasn’t overly surprising, Honda Aircraft announced on February 9 that it has decided to build its world headquarters and HondaJet manufacturing plant at Piedmont-Triad International Airport in Greensboro, N.C., site of the company’s research and development facility.
Honda Aircraft announced today that it selected Piedmont-Triad Airport in Greensboro, N.C., to be its world headquarters and sole production and final assembly facility for the HondaJet very light jet. Top Honda Aircraft executives at a press conference, joined by city and state officials, said that the first phase of development will be a 215,000-sq-ft facility for aircraft development, certification, engineering and service and support.