A major Piedmont employer unveiled its private jet to the public in Oshkosh, Wis. this morning.
HondaJet leaders attended the EAA AirVenture Convention today, showing off what they call the “fastest, most fuel-efficient light jet in its class.”
The research, production and testing of HondaJet fuels more than 1,000 jobs at Honda Aircraft Company’s 600,000 square foot facility in Greensboro near the airport.
Executive director of PTI Airport Kevin Baker said today was certainly a milestone.
He said the airport, city and county all work in partnership to make sure the company continues to grow and hire here.
“As is true with every one of our tenants, we try to work with them as best as possible, to work as a team. We work as a partnership. In the case of Honda we did extend and are completing the extension of a taxiway to the end of a runway right now,” he pointed out.
Baker explained, the aviation program at Guilford Technical Community College is a selling point for aerospace companies considering growth in the Triad.
“I think GTCC is just a tremendous asset because they’re helping produce those kind of skills in our region. Without that we would not be able to attract these companies. The companies all say the number one thing they’re looking for when they go to a community is the employee. The employee base.”
HondaJet’s continued growth indicates the idea of an aviation hub is taking off, he added.
“We’re definitely becoming a center of aerospace activity, and I think that’s great. I think that’s a terrific future for this region.”