Honda Aviation - A Brief History

7/17/2007 2:20:00 PM

1986: Honda begins research on both small aircraft and jet engines at the Wako Research Center in Japan.
1993: Honda begins research on composite body aircraft with Mississippi State University (MSU), leading to development of aircraft called "MH-02" that is jointly fabricated and tested by Honda and MSU. Research continues until 1996.
1995: Honda begins high altitude testing of its first generation turbofan engine, HFX-01, conducting more than 70 hours of tests through 1996.
1998: Development begins of the HF118 turbofan jet engine in the 1,000 to 3,500-pound thrust class, featuring a compact, lightweight and fuel efficient design.
2000: Honda R&D Americas establishes a research facility at Piedmont Triad International Airport in North Carolina in October 2000 for the purpose of researching, fabricating and flight testing of HondaJet.
2002: Honda conducts high altitude tests of the HF118 engine starting in June 2002.

Honda publishes and reports its first technical paper in June 2002 concerning technological achievements of the new airframe. Honda continues publishing technical papers, with the most recent paper in June 2005.
2003: HondaJet takes first test flight, December 3, 2003. Honda makes first public announcement of the achievement days later.
2004: Honda and GE announce February 16, 2004, an alliance to commercialize the HF118 engine.

In July 2004, Honda establishes Honda Aero, Inc., to manage its aircraft engine business in the U.S., and the Wako Nishi R&D Center in Japan to research and develop turbofan jet and piston aviation engines.

Honda Aero, Inc., and GE establish a joint venture: GE Honda Aero Engines, LLC, in October 2004, to pursue the development, certification and sales of Honda's HF118 turbofan engine in the light business jet market.
2005: HondaJet makes its public "world debut" at the EAA (Experimental Aircraft Association) AirVenture 2005 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, July 28, 2005.
2006: Honda announces that it will commercialize HondaJet at the EAA AirVenture 2006 in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, July 25, 2006.

Honda Aircraft Company, Inc., (HACI) established in August 2006, with responsibility for Honda's overall airframe business strategy, and the further development, sales promotion and production of the innovative HondaJet.

Honda Aircraft Company, Inc., begins sales of HondaJet at the NBAA (National Business Aviation Association) annual convention in Orlando, Florida, on October 17. HondaJet will be powered by the GE Honda HF120 turbofan engine, a higher thrust successor to the HF118. HondaJet is targeted for type certification in 3-4 years with production in the U.S. beginning 2010.
2007: Honda Aircraft Company, on February 9, announces the location of its $100 million headquarters and production facility at Piedmont Triad International (PTI) Airport in Greensboro, North Carolina.

Honda Aircraft Company breaks ground for its new headquarters and production facility on June 27, 2007. Construction of the 218,000 sq. ft. offices and airplane hanger is scheduled for completion in Spring 2008. The 150,000 sq. ft. production facility is expected to be completed by Spring 2009.

Honda Aero, Inc., on July 17, announces location of its $27 million corporate headquarters and jet engine production facility at Burlington-Alamance County Regional Airport in Burlington, North Carolina.