HondaJet

  • 1986: Honda begins research in Japan on small aircraft and jet engines.
  • 1993: Honda begins research on composite-body aircraft with Mississippi State University.
  • 1995: Honda begins testing its engine.
  • 2000: Honda R&D Americas establishes a research facility at Piedmont Triad International Airport in October to research, fabricate and flight-test HondaJet.
  • 2003: HondaJet takes its first test flight, Dec. 3.
  • 2005: HondaJet makes its public debut at an air show in Oshkosh, Wis.
  • July 2006: HondaJet says that it will build and sell the jet. (Booked 100 orders for 2006).
  • Feb 2007: Greensboro City Council votes unanimously to give $600,000 to Honda Aircraft Co. if it locates its HondaJet design and manufacturing center at Piedmont Triad International Airport.
  • Oct 2007: Honda Aviation and GTCC hold a job fair to give workers their first chance to apply for HondaJet employment and training to make HondaJets beginning in 2010.
  • Jan 2008: GTCC begins training students to build HondaJets.
  • May 2008: 67,000-square-foot corporate headquarters opens.
  • Dec 2008: GTCC announces that they will open applications Jan. 5 for 35 spots in a program that will train workers to install interiors in HondaJet planes. The training will begin in March 2009 and conclude by the end of 2009 when about 200 students will be ready to work on jets at the plant.
  • Jan 2009: Honda Aircraft Co. is buying full-page ads in the nation’s top aviation cities to recruit specialized engineers to work at its HondaJet headquarters at Piedmont Triad International Airport. The company now employs about 400 people at the aircraft design and manufacturing campus and plans to employ well more than 500 workers by the time it starts delivering planes at the end of 2010.
  • Feb 2009: Honda opens its new World R&D Center (190,000-square-foot building) on Ballinger Road for a media tour before it begins to move engineers and other workers from its current buildings on the west side of PTI.
  • Mar 2009: Announced that construction of production facility is expected to begin summer 2009, with first deliveries to customers expected in late 2010.
  • May 1, 2009: Citing delivery problems from unspecified suppliers, Honda Aircraft Co. announces that it has delayed production of its $3.9 million HondaJet aircraft by a year.
  • Dec 20. 2010: The first production-quality HondaJet takes 51-minute maiden voyage at Piedmont Triad International Airport.
  • May 2011: Announces that the plane had reached its maximum operating altitude of 43,000 feet during tests here last month. Earlier, the ultralight jet, which will sell for $4.5 million, recorded its maximum speed of 489 mph.
  • July 12, 2011: During media tour, announced that they are on schedule to begin commercial production of its lightweight business jet in 2012 and that they will begin adding 300-400 jobs in addition to the current 650 employees. Plans call for the production of 70-100 planes annually by 2014.
  • July 21, 2011: Honda Aircraft is asking for $775,000 in incentives from Guilford County as it considers creating a local HondaJet service and support center. The company said it would agree to created up to 419 jobs over five years for the incentive packages.
  • July 23, 2011: The proposed $80 million expansion of the HondaJet operation at Piedmont Triad International Airport could include a parts center, a regional service center and a manufacturing component.
  • Aug. 9, 2011: Honda tells local officials that the majority of the jobs associated with its proposed $80 million expansion at the Piedmont Triad International Airport will come at the latter end of the five-year period, not at the beginning as originally planned.
  • May 2012: Expects to begin production its $4.5 million HondaJet later this year, ahead of previous schedule. The jet will get up to 20 % better fuel economy than its competitors, offering operational costs of about $1,000 - $1,200 per hour, comparing with$1,800 cost per hour of its competitors. Deliveries of Honda’s first light business jet still won’t begin until the second half of 2013, after the Federal Aviation Administration has fully certified the new plane.
  • Sept. 19, 2012: HondaJet inventor and company CEO Michimasa Fujino was awarded the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics's Aircraft Design Award.
  • Sept. 27, 2012: Breaks ground on its $20 million Maintenance, Repair & Overhaul center at Piedmont Triad International Airport. The 90,000-square-foot center is expected to be completed and occupied in 2013. The center is being built on a 54-acre expansion of Honda's world headquarters and manufacturing campus. More than 700 work at the PTI campus. HondaJet says that the expansion will create 419 additional jobs.
  • Oct. 29, 2012: Announcement that production has begun on the HondaJet. More than 750 people work at the company's Piedmont Triad International Airport campus. At full operation, 100 light jets will be built each year.
  • May 2013: Honda Aircraft Co. said that federal approval of its HondaJet will be delayed a year because more tests are needed on the aircraft’s engine. It had expected to deliver the $4.5 million jet to customers in late 2013 after certification.
  • Oct. 2013: Opened a $20 million customer service center on Ballinger Road as a hub for the company's dealer service network in North America and Europe.
  • Dec. 2013: FAA expected to give "type certification" for Honda's new engine in early 2015, with Honda delivering its first planes immediately after that. Type certificationmeans an engine or aircraft has met the FAA's full requirements for air-worthiness and safety.
  • May 2014: Honda announces milestones at press conference in Geneva, Switzerland: The first production aircraft is in final assembly and they expect to have 10 aircraft on its final assembly line in June. Its first flight is expected summer 2014. The aircraft debuts a new exterior paint scheme in a deep pearl green with a gold stripe. HondaJet employs over 1,000 at its headquarters in Greensboro.
  • June 27, 2014: Honda announced that it achieved another production milestone with its first flight. The plane, flown by test pilot Warren Gould, climbed to a height of 15,500 feet and flew for 84 minutes.
  • Aug. 2014: Honda named Banyan Air Service as its HondaJet dealer in the Southeast.
  • Oct. 2014:Honda Aircraft Co. began construction on $19 million expansion at PTI. They now employ more than 1,200.The expansion includes a 50,000 square-foot addition to its main headquarters building at the airport and a 24,400 square-foot hanger for aircraft production and delivery.
  • Nov.12, 2014: Gov. Pat McCrory revealed the first jet engine made in the Honda Aero jet engine plant in Burlington.
  • Nov. 2014:The HondaJet, with its over-the-wing engine mount configuration, has been selected by Popular Science magazine as a “Best of What’s New” award winner for 2014 in the aerospace category.
  • Jan. 27, 2015: Finalized deal to lease the 4,200-square-foot former Comair hangar facility at Piedmont Triad International Airport.
  • Mar. 17, 2015: Honda Aero Inc. announced that the HondaJet's engine has been approved by the Federal Aviation Administration. The Burlington plant can now begin manufacturing the engine.
  • Apr. 8, 2015: Honda Aircraft Co. announced that the HondaJet would take a worldwide tour that would include a trip to Japan.
  • Nov. 2015: Michimasa Fujino, Honda Aircraft's president and chief executive officer announced that the company expects certification from the Federal Aviation Administration "very soon," clearing the way for the company to finally deliver the first of its innovative light jets built at Piedmont Triad International Airport. The 133-acre campus at PTI employs 1,500 people.
  • Dec. 9, 2015:Hondajet announced that the company received final approval from the Federal Aviation Administration for their $4.5 million lightweight jet.
  • Dec. 23, 2015: The first HondaJet delivered.
  • Mar. 16, 2016:Honda Aircraft announced that Mexican officials have granted type certification for the HondaJet, which clears the way to deliver the light jet in Mexico.
  • Apr. 19, 2016: Honda Aero, which makes the jet engines used in the HondaJet, announced that it will spend $21 million to expand at its Burlington factory.The 50,000-square-foot expansion will include up to 30 new jobs and allow the company more flexibility in making the engines and parts for them. When the expansion is complete, Honda Aero will operate a 130,000-square-foot campus with 120 workers off Interstate 40/85 near the Burlington/Alamance Regional Airport.
  • Nov. 8, 2016:The HondaJet announced that it has set two speed records against jets in its class.Greensboro-based Honda Aircraft Co. said it set records from Teterboro, N.J., to Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and Boston to Palm Beach, Fla. The U.S. National Aeronautic Association certified the records.
Source: News & Record Archive

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