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.
Safety and Education,
Collaboration between the German government, academia, and airplane manufacturers may make future aircraft cabins more protective of pilots and passengers. The Safety Box team plans to apply auto racing technology to general aviation.
A half-ton Dodge truck lines up on the centerline. As the pickup accelerates, the floatplane trailered behind it adds power, lifts off, banks left, and departs: just another floatplane launch by Joe Sprague of Cadillac Aircraft Services in Cadillac, Mich.
The FAA has alerted AOPA to a spike in airspace penetration and violations of the Washington, D.C., Special Flight Rules Area, particularly stemming from operations at Leesburg Executive Airport (JYO) in Leesburg, Va.
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