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HondaJet creator and Honda Aircraft CEO Michimasa Fujino to retire

Honda Aircraft Company employees were notified through a companywide announcement on February 18 that Michimasa Fujino, president, CEO and founder, would retire at the end of March.According to AOPA, Fujino will turn 62 in March, which is Honda's mandatory retirement age. Hideto Yamasaki will take Fujino's place at Honda Aircraft in April.Yamasaki has been working on the automotive side of Honda, both in Turkey and for the American Honda Motor Co. Inc.Fujino joined Honda Motor in 1984, working as an aeronautical engineer, and then vice president, before being named project leader for the development of the HondaJet.He has received many accolades throughout his career, including the AIAA Aircraft Design Award, SAE International Award, Clarence L. Kelly Johnson Aerospace and Vehicle Design Award, and the International Council of the Aeronautical Sciences Award for Innovation in Aeronautics.Fujino was the first to receive all four awards and the first individual of Asian descent to win the AIAA award.He was elected a member of the National Academy of Engineering in 2017 for the creation of the HondaJet and the founding of the Honda Aircraft Company.The HondaJet was in the headlines this past October when the company unveiled a prototype of its HondaJet 2600 on the first day of the NBAA-BACE annual convention.RELATED: HondaJet 2600 concept debuts at NBAA-BACEHonda Aircraft recently marked a major milestone in delivering its 200th HondaJet in December of 2021, just six years after the aircraft received its Type Certification from the FAA.The HondaJet has been certified in over 13 countries, with total flight hours over 98,000.
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