July 28, 2014 - Honda Aircraft Company President and CEO Michimasa Fujino beamed with pride Monday morning at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2014 as he stood before a large crowd on Boeing Plaza with the company’s first production HondaJet. It was, he said, the latest in a long list of milestones celebrated in Oshkosh.
“My first time in Oshkosh was the late 1980s, and I remember being so impressed by the new aircraft and the new concepts,” he said. “Aviation enthusiasts who love airplanes...I’d never seen so many kinds of aircraft.” He also claims never to have even touched an airplane until he was in the United States.
“I was shocked to learn about homebuilders building their own aircraft in their garages. Even more surprised that they fly them!” he said.
That ignited the dream to design an aircraft and someday present it at Oshkosh. He realized that dream at AirVenture 2005 with the world debut of the HondaJet.
“AirVenture is always a special site for HondaJet firsts,” Fujino stated.
Honda Aircraft Company claims its distinctive Over-The-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM) for the two GE Honda HF120 turbofan engines powering the jet dramatically improves performance and fuel efficiency, minimizes ground-detected noise, and allows for the roomiest cabin and largest baggage capacity in its class.
Fujino stated deliveries of the first airplanes would occur in 2015.
The company is headquartered on Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro, North Carolina, with a half-million square foot production facility.
The HondaJet is on display until Friday at the Honda exhibit located just north of Boeing Plaza.