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Honda Aircraft’s Fujino given prestigious honour

Jan. 22, 2015, Greensboro, N.C. - Honda Aircraft Company has announced that President and CEO Michimasa Fujino has been honoured with the Aviation Industry Leader of the Year Award for the development, production, marketing and sales of the innovative HondaJet.


January 22, 2015
By Honda Aircraft Company

The award recognizes dedication to the aviation industry and is presented each year by the Kiddie Hawk Air Academy. Fujino was honoured on Friday, Jan. 16, 2015 as part of Kiddie Hawk’s 12th annual “Living Legends of Aviation Awards” event in Beverly Hills, California.

“We are pleased to grant Michimasa Fujino this award for his contributions to the advancement of business aviation with his original concept design, the HondaJet,” said Kiddie Hawk volunteer Paul Lips. “With this award, we recognize his efforts and vision to create new technology with the HondaJet Over-The-Wing Engine Mount configuration.”

In accepting the award, Fujino shared the significance of the honour to Honda. “I am grateful to the ‘Living Legends of Aviation’ and Kiddie Hawk Air Academy for this extraordinary award,” said Fujino. “To have Honda recognized as a leader in aviation with the HondaJet is a true honour. Honda Motor Company’s founder, Soichiro Honda, had a strong passion for many forms of human mobility, including aviation. With the HondaJet, I want to keep alive his challenging spirit.”

The “Living Legends of Aviation” is a group of people of extraordinary accomplishment in aviation, including entrepreneurs, innovators, industry leaders, record breakers, astronauts, pilots and celebrities. The Legends meet annually to recognize and honour individuals who have made significant contributions in aviation.