Honda Aircraft Company today revealed a new, upgraded aircraft, the “HondaJet Elite,” at a special hangar event ahead of the 2018 European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzerland.
The HondaJet Elite has achieved an extended range of an additional 17% (+396km) and is equipped with a newly developed noise attenuating inlet structure that lines each engine and greatly reduces high frequency noise to enhance cabin quietness. Additionally, the new aircraft’s advanced avionics system incorporates additional performance management functions for optimum flight planning and automatic stability and protection functions to enhance safety of flight.
The HondaJet Elite also protects the environment by offering the best fuel efficiency in its class while also featuring best-in-class speed, altitude and range. The aircraft is type certified by the United States Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA). The HondaJet Elite will be displayed for the first time to the public at EBACE from May 28th through May 31st.
Honda Aircraft Company’s President and CEO Michimasa Fujino introduced the aircraft at the event. “The HondaJet Elite represents Honda Aircraft’s continued commitment to performance, efficiency and environment creating new value in business aviation,” he said. “The result of innovation, design and engineering, our new aircraft features several performance and comfort enhancements that, once again, set a new standard in aviation. We are excited to share Honda Aircraft’s latest technological feat with the world at EBACE.”
The new aircraft was designed to provide the user the best experience by utilizing Honda Aircraft’s pioneering advanced technologies coupled with the best performance and comfort enhancements. The HondaJet Elite is more fuel efficient than any other aircraft in its category and emitting less greenhouse gases than similar sized business jets.
The HondaJet Elite has inherited the aeronautical breakthroughs developed by Honda Aircraft, including the Over-The-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM) configuration, Natural Laminar Flow (NLF) fuselage nose and wing and composite fuselage. The aircraft continues to be the most efficient, quietest, fastest and highest-flying as well as the furthest-flying in its category.
Key features of the HondaJet Elite –
- Range: 1,437 nautical miles* Longer range makes it the furthest-flying aircraft in its class
- Noise Attenuating Engine Inlets: Advanced inlet technology created to reduce exterior and interior noise
- Performance Management: Provides optimized performance planning for all phases of flight such as airspeed / cruise altitude, fuel flow, etc
- Takeoff/Landing Distance (TOLD) Management: Automatic computation of the required runway length, V-speeds, climb/approach gradients, etc
- Stability and Protection with Roll and AoA Functions**: Provides enhanced safety features for manual flying that will deter aircraft operation outside the normal flight envelope
- AFCS Coupled Go-Around with Underspeed Protection**: The aircraft’s autopilot remains connected, enhancing aircraft safety and reducing pilot workload **
- New Exterior Colors with Signature Paint Scheme**: Three premier signature paints, Ice Blue / Ruby Red / Monarch Orange
- Bongiovi Audio System**: An industry first speaker-less in-cabin sound system that provides immersive audio experience throughout the entire cabin **
- New Interior Equipment Options:
- Belted Lavatory
- Galley with Coffee Brewer
- Two-toned Executive Leather Seats