Honda Aircraft Company has revealed a new upgraded aircraft, the HondaJet Elite, at a special hangar event ahead of the 2018 European Business Aviation Convention and Exhibition in Geneva, Switzerland.
The HondaJet Elite has achieved an extended range of an additional 17% (+396km to 2661km) and is equipped with a newly developed noise-attenuating inlet structure that lines each engine and greatly reduces high-frequency noise to enhance exterior and interior quietness. Additionally, the new aircraft’s advanced avionics system incorporates additional performance management functions for optimum flight planning, plus automatic stability and protection functions to enhance the flight safety by deterring aircraft operation outside the normal flight envelope.
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 will receive type certification from the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) soon.
The new aircraft was designed to provide the user with the best experience by utilising Honda Aircraft’s pioneering advanced technologies coupled with the best performance and comfort enhancements. These include a Bongiovi Audio System, an industry-first speakerless in-cabin sound system that provides immersive audio experience throughout the entire cabin; a galley with coffee brewer, two-toned executive leather seats and a belted lavatory that provides the aircraft with another seating capability.
The HondaJet Elite is said to be 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. The newly upgraded jet also comes in new exterior colours, which include three premier signature paintwork themes – Ice Blue, Ruby Red and Monarch Orange.