Some times it pays to be lucky, other times it pays to be smart. The Greensboro Airport appears to have been both, attracting HondaJet to its airport. A recently added 170,000 sf research hangar will bring additional jobs, and the next production facility building will bring Honda's space to 500,000 sf at the Greensboro Airport.
It appears there will be no slowdown either. "We are moving forward confidently with the HondaJet program with the full backing and strength of our parent, Honda Motor Company," Fujino said. Honda Aircraft, which launched its sales effort for the plane in October 2006, has orders for more than 100 of the aircraft.
Keep your eyes peeled on aviation. Sales of turboprops grew by 3.4% in the first quarter of the year while piston aircraft sales fell 55.1% and bizjet sales fell by 35.7%. You will know if the economy is truly on the mend when general aviation sales start to increase, and CEOs and company owners start buying jets once again ignoring Congress.
Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch!
Oh, I have slipped the surly bonds of earth,
And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings;
Sunward I've climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth
Of sun-split clouds...and done a hundred things
You have not dreamed of...wheeled and soared and swung
High in the sunlit silence. Hov'ring there,
I've chased the shouting wind along, and flung
My eager craft through footless halls of air.
Up, up, the long, delirious burning blue
I've topped the windswept heights with easy grace
Where never lark, nor even eagle flew.
And while with silent, lifting mind I've trod
The high untrespassed sanctity of space...
...put out my hand, and touched the face of God.
by John Gillespie Magee, Jr.