Although the Honda name is synonymous with four-wheel land vehicles, it has been in the aviation industry since 2006, producing business jets that optimize performance and comfort using its own innovative technologies. The latest in the company’s line of aircraft is the HondaJet Elite S, unveiled at a virtual product launch on May 26, 2021, and according to the company, it features several upgrades “that expand operational capability and improve aircraft performance.” flight.”
Like other members of the HondaJet lineup, the Elite S’s most striking visual feature is the award-winning Over-the-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM) configuration. This design helps increase the plane’s top speed by working with the airflow over the wings, minimizing aerodynamic shock waves. The result is a very respectable top cruise speed of 42 KTAS (~77.8 km/h) at 30,000 feet. And thanks to improved aerodynamics courtesy of OTWEM, natural laminar flow and a composite fuselage, the HondaJet is more fuel efficient, allowing it to extend its maximum range for longer trips and reduce its emissions. of carbon. Additionally, the noise-attenuating engine inlets on OTWEM engines move noise out of the cabin,
Speaking of which, the HondaJet Elite S cabin can seat up to five passengers with its fully adjustable leather seats, plus one more in an optional side-facing seat.Since the aircraft is not the largest example of a private jet, space is at a premium, but the classic club configuration accommodates passengers comfortably and has the added benefit of allowing for easy interaction and conversations. Honda Aircraft Company has even developed a mobile app that allows passengers to fully control cabin lighting, temperature and shades, as well as the state-of-the-art Bongiovi sound system. Aft of the cabin is a fully private aft toilet with its own skylight for an added sense of comfort, an industry first.
The most significant technological innovations of the HondaJet Elite S are in the cabin. Although it can be flown by two pilots, the HondaJet line is unique in its single-pilot certification, allowing solo piloting if necessary. Taking this into account, it was essential to take the necessary measures to facilitate its handling by a single pilot. The highly customized Garmin G3000 avionics suite includes FAA DataComm and ACARS for more efficient communication via text rather than voice commands. This is intended to ensure message clarity when communicating with air traffic control during departure clearances and flight operations. Honda has also incorporated its Advanced Steering Augmentation System (ASAS),
Aside from all the technological and design innovations mentioned above, Honda Aircraft Company is also announcing the addition of new exclusive paint schemes, namely Gunmetal, Luxe Gold and Deep Sea Blue. Another point for customization.
With its thoughtful design, passenger comfort and outstanding performance, the HondaJet Elite S is the best business jet in its class. “Since its introduction in 2018, the HondaJet Elite has achieved the best performance in its class, while also being the most efficient,” said Michimasa Fujino, CEO and President of Honda Aircraft, “and with the new Elite S, we are taking another step forward in expansion of aircraft capacity.
Sales of the HondaJet Elite S have already started, with the first deliveries expected to begin later this month.