Honda Aircraft says it is still on track to deliver its innovative HondaJets to customers by the end of 2010. To support that effort, the Greensboro, N.C., company has completed its research and development facility and corporate headquarters. Work on the twinjet’s production facility is set to begin early next year. Ultimately, the Honda campus will include 400,000 square feet of space.
The first conforming aircraft is being assembled now in the company’s original site at the Piedmont Triad International Airport. Assembly operations soon will be moved to the R&D facility. Flight of the first conforming aircraft is scheduled for the summer of 2009. A proof-of-concept airplane has been flying since December 2003, logging more than 400 hours.
Honda has contracted with FlightSafety International to conduct pilot training at the Greensboro facility using Level D simulators. Other U.S. training centers may be built later. An additional site will be selected for Europe.