LMI Aerospace Inc. (St. Louis) has delivered its first aileron and flap assemblies to Honda Aircraft Co. for the HA-420 HondaJet, which is being manufactured in Greensboro, NC. The aileron and flap assemblies were the first aerostructures work packages LMI was awarded on the HondaJet program. LMI subsequently was awarded a contract to provide engine pylons for the HondaJet. The company previously provided engineering services on the program. According to Forbes, the HondaJet has been a $2 billion and 30 years in the making project. Read more here about the HondaJet design and its use of composites.
“We are thrilled to provide aerostructures that will help the HondaJet soar,” says LMI Aerospace CEO Dan Korte. “These work packages showcase some of the best of what LMI Aerospace does in metal forming, machining, processing and assembly. Now that we’ve proven our technical capabilities with Honda Aircraft, we’re focused on ramping up our production of these assemblies.”
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