Twenty years after beginning a quest to develop a jet, Michimasa Fujino stood proudly at the Honda display during last year’s NBAA Convention as Honda Motor president and CEO Takeo Fukui honored him with a public display of support for the HondaJet program. The announcements that followed signaled the beginning of sales for the $3.65 million jet, and by the end of the show Honda Aircraft had logged orders for more than 100 aircraft.
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During a briefing held on November 20, Honda Aircraft president Michimasa Fujino showed off the extensive research and testing that the Honda team has accomplished thus far on the HondaJet and parceled out a few more details about the program.
Honda Aircraft took its first deposits for 100-plus HondaJets during the NBAA Convention last week and is negotiating with “a number of fleet customers,” according to president and CEO Michimasa Fujino. The new twinjet will sell for $3.65 million (2006 dollars), with first delivery scheduled in 2010.
Honda announced this morning at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., that it will “enter the HondaJet into the growing very light jet market.” According to project leader and vice president of Honda R&D Americas Michimasa Fujino, Honda will establish a new U.S. company to produce the over-the-wing-engine twinjet in the U.S. Honda plans to certify the GE-Honda HF118-powered HondaJet in 2009 or 2010 under FAR Part 23.
Lufthansa Technik of Hamburg, a leading provider of executive/VIP cabin interior solutions, in partnership with UK-based Andrew Winch Designs, announced the launch of a joint VIP interior concept of the Boeing 787 here at the show yesterday.
I write this on October 15, my 60th birthday. I have tried not to be flippant about any aspect of this story. I am unceasingly aware that my astonishing luck to be alive today coincided with the horrible fate of 154 people who plunged to their deaths on September 29.
Brazilian authorities held two U.S. pilots in connection with the September 29 midair collision that caused a Gol Airlines Boeing 737 to plunge into the Amazon jungle, killing all 154 on board and beginning a harrowing ordeal for the business jet crew from Long Island.
A homeland security spending bill includes language directing the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) to work with industry to expand the transportation security administration access certificate (TSAAC), a voluntary general aviation security program. The bill instructs the agency to report to Congress in January on plans to enhance TSAAC.
President Bush has nominated Edmund “Kip” Hawley to be Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security in charge of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA). If the Senate confirms him, he will become the agency’s fourth director in four years.
As he does with all VIPs arriving at AirVenture, EAA president Tom Poberezny greeted Honda’s Michimasa Fujino with warm words and great respect. But the HondaJet’s future remains an enigma.