Honda Aircraft Unveils US Factory

Here is a feel-good story from the aeronautics industry in the US. While most US heavy industry manufacturers are moving production to China (including Boeing and the three auto companies), HondaJet is building itself a factory in the US.

With more than $100 million in infrastructure investment at Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, N.C., Honda Aircraft Company is on schedule to certify its unusual HondaJet by the end of 2012. Company officials showed off the pristine new facilities to media representatives July 12 (2011) and allowed an up-close look at its first conforming flight test airplane.

Honda Aircraft Company President and CEO Michimasa Fujino announced that the Model 420 HondaJet was just the beginning of a family of products to be manufactured at the 500,000-plus-square-foot factory complex at Piedmont Triad International. Company officials expect 70 to 100 airplanes to be produced a year at the facility.

With the low-drag engine configuration and specially designed natural laminar flow wing and cockpit area, the airplane easily makes its target cruise speed of 420 knots true airspeed, according to flight test pilots. The airplane has an expected IFR range of 1,180 nm and can fly as high as 43,000 feet.


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