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

Menelik (Mel) Solomon
GE Honda Aero Engines

Prior to joining Honda, Mel Solomon 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 family of aircraft. In 2006, Mel joined Honda to support key marketing initiatives for GE Honda Aero Engines. Mel soon became the Marketing Manager leading key campaigns with airframe OEMs, managing commercial negotiations, as well as media and government relations. In 2012, in anticipation for entry-into-service of the HF120 on the HondaJet, Mel’s role was expanded to oversee Customer Service in order to setup a new support team, develop the highly successful Engine Maintenance Care (EMC) service program, and develop a global network of Authorized Service Providers (ASPs) for GE Honda. In 2016, Mel took the role of Director, Marketing & Program Management for the HF120 Program.

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

Melvyn Heard
Executive Vice President,
GE Honda Aero Engines

Melvyn started his career with GE Aviation in 1996 as a combustion design engineer on the GE90 engine and subsequently held various project assignments in field service, repair development, marketing and product management. Melvyn was a Six Sigma black belt for Project Management and Customer Satisfaction. He also led the Engine Upgrades and Overhaul Marketing team and transitioned to the Marketing General Manager for large commercial engines (GE90, CF6 and GEnx) product lines. He has also served as the Material Products General Manager for new and used material strategies. During this role he formed the new CFM Materials business to better service CFM customers with used material. He then joined GE’s Military Systems Operations (MSO) business as the Military Airframer Sales and Business Development team leader. Most recently he led the Customer & Product Support team of 140 Customer Service Managers and Field Service Engineers in support of all GE Global Military customers.

Melvyn attended Tuskegee University and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and graduated with a master’s in science in mechanical engineering from University of Cincinnati and a MBA from Xavier University.

Garrett Spore
Chief Financial Officer,
GE Honda Aero Engines

Garrett joined GE in 2015 as a Finance/Accounting Intern for GE Global Operations working on GE Power’s government reporting. He then worked in a technical payroll/T&L role for GE Energy, where he led many payroll transitions. Garrett then worked on the Healthcare close team, where he directed financial closes for two GE Canada Healthcare businesses. Prior to this role, Garrett worked as a controller for GE’s small engine joint ventures. Garrett has been the GE Honda Finance leader since 2021 and is also the services leader for GE’s Business Jet and CFE engine portfolios.

Garrett received his bachelor’s degree in Finance as well as a Master of Business Administration (M.B.A) from Xavier University in Cincinnati.

Tim Varga
Director, Marketing & Programs,
GE Honda Aero Engines

Tim joined GE in 1989 as a design engineer in the military engine division. Following several engineering roles, Tim progressed through Marketing and Sales in different divisions, while completing the Global Marketing and Sales leadership program. In 2000, Tim moved the regional engine business completing his Six Sigma Blackbelt certification and having roles in marketing, sales, and business development. Subsequently, he moved to International Programs managing GE’s Revenue Share Partners. He then led engine programs as a Program Manager for CF34-10A, CF3738, and new turboprop applications. Before moving to his current role, Tim was Program Manager for the CF6 Product line, where among his responsibilities were Airbus programs and chairing PCB & SPMT.

Tim received his engineering bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois and his MBA from the University of Chicago.

Hirohito Mori
Director, Marketing & Programs,
GE Honda Aero Engines

Hirohito Mori joined Honda’s Aircraft Engine R&D Center in 2007. Mori’s initial engineering career included designs for various combustion and structural parts for the HF120 Program.

In 2014, Mori transitioned to Honda’s Think Lab where he led key strategy initiatives and research for future technology across multiple products. In early 2016, Mori returned to Honda’s Aircraft Engine R&D Center of Honda R&D and was assigned as engine systems engineer.

In October 2016, Mori transitioned to Honda Aero, Inc. as Manager of Marketing. In this role his responsibilities include, leading sales campaigns with key airframe OEMs, defining product strategy, and managing trades & shows.

Mike Tarantino
Director, 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.

Justin Robb
Director, Customer Service
GE Honda Aero Engines

Justin started his aviation career with Atlantic Aero, a large independent business jet MRO shop, leading the maintenance of numerous business jet / turboprop models and providing regional AOG support for large Part 135 charter operators.

Justin joined Honda in 2011 to support the setup and validation of Honda’s test cell and the execution of the Initial Maintenance Interval (IMI) engine certification test. In 2013, Justin transitioned to on-site HF120 flight test support in Greensboro, NC and subsequently rose to the Field Technical Manager position for GE Honda. Working closely with the airframe OEM, he traveled the country supporting the Honda Jet certification effort. Post certification, Justin played a key role in the setup and on-boarding of GHAE’s new Authorized Service Providers (ASP) to ensure smooth entry-into-service of the HF120 engine. By providing timely guidance, training, and on-site support, Justin works hand in hand with the global Authorized Service Provider (ASP) network to ensure the best possible support and customer experience.

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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