Honda’s new jet takes off in N.C.

From an editorial Sunday in the (Greensboro) News & Record:

Last week saw one of the best moments in Greensboro since N.C. State won the national championship in men’s basketball at the coliseum in 1974.

The Wolfpack was led by high-flying David Thompson. But not even Thompson could soar like Michimasa Fujino.

Fujino is president and chief executive officer of Honda Aircraft, which earned its final Federal Aviation Administration certification and is cleared for takeoff. The made-in-Greensboro HondaJet is ready for final production and delivery.

The occasion, marked by a formal announcement and celebration Wednesday, brought tears to Fujino’s eyes.

Greensboro can share in the emotion. It’s been a long journey since Fujino took a liking to Piedmont Triad International Airport and decided this was the place to build a small, high-performance jet with its innovative design.

Honda backed Fujino’s dream, putting its resources and reputation behind the venture. It has invested an estimated $2 billion in research and development – and come up with a marvelous product.

The HondaJet has taken off. This is a company that may have an unlimited ceiling.