When Michimasa Fujino started his career in Honda Motor's automotive engineering department three decades ago, he was determined to create a "flying sports car."
After years of development, design, testing and disappointment — the project was cancelled at one point — his vision was realized.
The $4.9 million jet is a four-to-five seater designed to be agile yet stable. The company is now producing four units a month and says the jets are top performers (climbing at 3,990 feet per minute) and the most fuel-efficient in their class.
Fujino, now CEO of Honda's Honda Aircraft Company subsidiary, said he personally delivers each plane.
"HondaJet is a kind of art piece for me and every single HondaJet is like a child for me," he told CNBC. "I want to see the customer in person and if I can see the excitement of the customers, that motivates me."