October 1, 2012
By Jim Moore
Rendering of the MRO facility being built at Honda Aircraft Co. headquarters in Greensboro, N.C. Image courtesy Honda Aircraft Co.
With HondaJet aiming for certification in 2013, Honda Aircraft Co. is getting the house ready for the new arrival. The company announced Sept. 27 a groundbreaking for the award-winning design’s maintenance, repair, and overhaul (MRO) facility being built at Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, N.C., where the company is based.
The $20 million, 90,000-square-foot facility will bring the company’s local infrastructure investment to more than $120 million overall, and expand to more than 130 acres a corporate campus that also includes headquarters, research and development, and production facilities. The MRO facility will be able to accommodate up to 12 aircraft, the company announced, and include a 4,000-square-foot, climate-controlled parts warehouse.
Pilots will have comforts of their own: a large pilot’s lounge, individual work rooms and a conference room, and a flight planning room situated for easy ramp access.
AOPA Online Associate Editor Jim Moore joined AOPA in 2011 and is an instrument-rated private pilot who enjoys competition aerobatics.
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