Two exceptional companies. One outstanding mission.

Two of the world's most respected names in propulsion have come together to design and manufacture engines for the next generation of very light jets. The joint venture, known as GE Honda Aero Engines, combines the strengths of two industry leaders recognized for delivering high performance and reliability. The HF120 engine, the first product from GE Honda Aero Engines, epitomizes the strengths of GE and Honda – advanced manufacturing, significant R&D investments, technology leadership and strong commitment to customers. The engine is designed to deliver unparalleled performance, reliability and value to business aviation.

The GE Honda Aero Engines Story

Headquartered in West Chester, Ohio, GE Honda Aero Engines was created to design, manufacture, sell and support a family of engines in the 1,000- to 3,500-pound thrust class for the business aviation industry.

The two companies engaged in 2004 with the goal of providing durable and economical engines for business aviation. Honda began research and development of its jet engine and aircraft projects in 1986. Over five generations, Honda refined its small engine technology, with demonstrated capability in ground and flight testing. Meanwhile, GE is engaged in groundbreaking development – including engines for regional and business jets – and also boasts the world's most powerful commercial engine and some of the most advanced military aircraft engine technology on the planet. Now, Honda and GE's joint engineering has resulted in the next generation of smaller, lightweight, low cost, and highly efficient business jet engines.

Executive Leadership

Steven J. shaknaitis
GE Honda Aero Engines

Steve started his career with GE Aviation in 1989 as a Product Support engineer and subsequently held various project assignments before becoming PSE Director. This was followed by Black Belt and Master Black Belt assignments in the Military Engines division. In 2004, Steve moved to the Commercial Engines Operation to assume the position of Director of GE90 Product Support, and in 2009, Steve became General Manager of the GE90 Services business. In this role, he was responsible for management of the Global OnPointSM Services contracts portfolio. Steve received his bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Northeastern University and his master’s degree in aeronautical engineering from University of Bridgeport.

Jun Yanada
Executive Vice President,
GE Honda Aero Engines

Jun Yanada joined Honda Motor in 1982 and has been in assignment in various Human Resources and Administration Leadership roles gaining global operations experience in various Honda Operations around the world. Jun has successfully completed his assignments at Honda R&D Motorcycle R&D Center, Honda Global Headquarters, Honda of America Mfg., Honda Motor Suzuka Plant, Honda Motor Europe, Asian Honda Motor, Honda R&D Automobile R&D Center and Honda R&D Americas. In 2009, Jun became Operation Officer of Honda R&D Automobile Center, and since 2012, he has been the President of Honda Sun, where he has expanded the business by pursuing new market and established a new profit record, until his transfer to Honda Aero, Inc. effective October 1, 2015. Jun Yanada is a Black Belt of the Japanese martial art, “Kendo”.

Adam Endress
Chief Financial Officer,
GE Honda Aero Engines

Adam Endress joined GE Aviation as the HF120 engine program finance lead and Chief Financial Officer for GE Honda Aero Engines. Prior to joining GE Aviation, Adam spent 15 years in the defense manufacturing industry working for defense contractor BAE Systems / Armor Holdings / The O’Gara Group, holding various finance and accounting management roles, including Division and Site Controller, Finance Manager, Financial Planning, and Analysis Manager and Financial Reporting Manager. Adam holds a bachelor’s degree in Finance from Miami University and a Masters of Business Administration from Xavier University.

Daniel J. Harris
Director, Marketing & Programs,
GE Honda Aero Engines

Dan joined GE Aircraft Engines in 1984 as a program engineer for the CT7, F404, F120 and GE90 programs. He spent several years in Advanced Mechanical Design leading turbine integration for the NASA HSCT engine and developing an advanced technology F414 HPT blade. In 2000, he became the GE90-115B HPT module leader and led the hot section team through certification and EIS on the 777-300ER aircraft. Dan became the engineering leader of the CF34-10A NPI program, directing that team through CFR33 engine certification and flight test on the ARJ21 regional jet in China.

Dan holds four patents and is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt.

Business Program Manager,
GE Honda Aero Engines

Daisuke Suzuki joined Honda Motor in 1998 and was involved in product planning and sales for Honda's genuine accessory business in automobile and motorcycle. He joined the aero-engine business in 2004 and transitioned to Honda Aero, Inc., a subsidiary of Honda Motor, in 2007. Before being named to his current position, he was the Manager of Finance and Administration at Honda Aero, Inc.'s headquarters in Burlington, North Carolina. His responsibilities include financial management, business planning, human resource planning and legal/administration tasks.

Menelik (Mel) Solomon
Director, Marketing & Programs,
GE Honda Aero Engines

Mel Solomon joined Honda Aero, Inc., a subsidiary of Honda Motor Co., in 2006 to support key marketing initiatives for the newly formed GE Honda Aero Engines joint venture. Mel soon became the Marketing Manager leading key campaigns with airframe OEMs, managing commercial negotiations, as well as media and government relations. In 2012 Mel’s role was expanded to manage the Customer Service team and to develop a global network of Authorized Service Providers (ASPs) for GE Honda in anticipation for entry into service. Prior to joining Honda Aero, Inc. Mel held various technical and commercial leadership positions at Bombardier Aerospace shaping several initiatives on the Q-Series Regional Turboprop Aircraft, the Challenger and CRJ-200 fleet of aircraft, as well as product planning & marketing of the Learjet platform.

Mel holds a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Aerospace Engineering from Carleton University, in Ottawa, Canada and an M.B.A. in Strategic Management from McGill University in Montreal, Canada.

Mike Tarantino
Manager, Customer & Product Support,
GE Honda Aero Engines

Mike joined GE Aviation more than thirty years ago in a role that allowed him to work directly with customers. Later, he became an engineering lead for GE’s MRO shop and held positions in engine overhaul sales for the US and Asia. Mike was a pioneer in the development and management of GE’s highly successful Maintenance Cost Per Hour (MCPH) programs. Then, he led the Customer Service organization for all GE MRO facilities worldwide before attaining a Six Sigma Master Black Belt leadership position. In 2011, Mike joined the GE Honda team as Manager of Customer and Product Support.

Matt Daly
Customer Service Manager,
GE Honda Aero Engines

Matt joined Honda of America Manufacturing in 1998 as an automotive Product Development Engineer and was involved on the development of the Honda Accord, Acura TL, and Acura RDX platforms. He transitioned to Honda Aero, Inc. in 2006 and was tasked with the development of the joint GE Honda Configuration Management Processes, and developed the Honda Aero Export Management Control System. He transitioned to a supplier management role over the HF120 FADEC components, which he held for 3 years before his current role as Customer Service Manager. Matt holds a Master of Engineering Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Louisville and is a Private Pilot.

Chief Engineer,
GE Honda Aero Engines

Satoshi Kawarada joined Honda as a member of the mechanical engineering team for the company’s first jet engine program in 1986. He subsequently led the introduction of computer-aided methodologies into gas turbine engine designs and managed research projects on highly loaded supersonic turbine stages. Satoshi was then promoted to Hot Section Design Team Lead and oversaw turbine aerodynamics designs. He played a significant role in the preliminary design of the GE Honda HF120 hot section modules, and in 2013, he was named Engineering Manager for the HF120 engine program.

Bill Myers
Manager of GE Honda Aero Engines Systems Engineering

Bill joined GE in 1984 as a program engineer and has held various engineering roles, primarily on military engine programs. In 1998, he assumed a leadership role in engine systems design for the GEnx engine, and in 2002, he became the engine leader for the eCORE technology development program. Bill was selected to become the engineering leader of the LEAP-X core engine NPI program in 2007, which led to a leadership role for GEnx engine systems. He holds 12 patents and is a certified Six Sigma Black Belt.

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