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.
Piedmont Triad International Airport
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.”
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.
Honda engineers built a non-motion simulator–the Honda Nonlinear Aerodynamics Flight Simulator–for test-pilot training and to evaluate the flight characteristics of the jet’s configuration. Tests conducted on the simulator include deep stall, spin, one-engine-out and deployment of the dynamic spin chute.
Honda Motor revealed today that it has established Honda Aircraft, a wholly owned subsidiary, to handle development, sales and production of the HondaJet. The company will start operations in October from Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, N.C., where the HondaJet prototype was assembled and flown. Michimasa Fujino, the chief engineer who has led development of the HondaJet, will be president and CEO.
Cessna Citation I, Greensboro, N.C., Feb, 1, 2006–Citation N814ER, registered to Flite Services of Tampa, Fla., crashed on the runway at Piedmont Triad International Airport when the right main landing gear collapsed. The airplane was substantially damaged but the commercial pilot and copilot were not injured.
Two weeks after Honda revealed its long-anticipated commercial plans for the HondaJet, the Japanese company on August 8 established a wholly owned subsidiary–Honda Aircraft–that will develop, market and produce the engine-over-the-wing very light twinjet. The new company will be based at the Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, N.C., where the HondaJet prototype was assembled and has been engaged in test flying since Dec.
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