Honda Aircraft Company has introduced the HondaJet Elite S, at its first ever virtual product launch event themed “Innovation continues.”
The HondaJet Elite S features several upgrades that expand operational capability and improve the flight operation. With an increased maximum takeoff weight of 200 lbs., customers can now fly up to 120 nm (138 mi) further at a higher payload, or take an additional passenger during their typical mission. Additionally, the new avionics features of FAA DataComm and ACARS replace traditional voice commands with text-based messaging to improve the clarity and efficiency of communications. Combined with the newly introduced Advanced Steering Augmentation System (ASAS), the Elite S further reduces pilot workload and maximises safety.
The HondaJet Elite S also introduces new styling with exclusive paint schemes available in Gunmetal, Luxe Gold, and Deep Sea Blue. These new colour options are topped off with a signature Elite S logo, with the bold red S and further customisation available depending on exterior colour selections.
While introducing the HondaJet Elite S, Honda Aircraft Company unveiled an Elite S with a special paint scheme, which represents the company's continued commitment to research and development of leading-edge technology to realise new possibilities and propose new value for business aviation.
“Since its introduction in 2018, the HondaJet Elite has achieved the best performance in its class while also being the most efficient, and with the new Elite S we take another step forward in expanding the aircraft's capability,” says Honda Aircraft Company's president and CEO Michimasa Fujino. “As a result of the innovation, design and engineering on the new Elite S, we are once again setting a new standard in business aviation.”
The HondaJet Elite S has inherited the aeronautical breakthroughs developed by Honda Aircraft Company, including the over-the-wing engine mount (OTWEM) configuration, natural laminar flow (NLF) fuselage nose and wing, composite fuselage and a highly customised avionics suite. The aircraft continues to be the most efficient, quietest, fastest, highest and farthest-flying in its class.
Key new features of the HondaJet Elite S include;
- Increased gross weight of 200 lbs.: Carry additional payload for the same distance or load more fuel and fly further with the same payload.
- Avionics Software Upgrade optional features: Building on the highly customised HondaJet avionics suite based on G3000, the Elite S introduces several new advanced features enabling more seamless communication and reduced pilot workload for more efficient operations. FAA Data Comm: Functionality intended to replace traditional voice commands with text based messaging for departure clearance and enroute services where available in the United States. ACARS: Enables text based messaging with both air traffic services and operation centres. Air traffic services include terminal information, terminal weather and departure clearance from supported airports. ACARS also provides several functionalities for communicating with operation centres including flight plan upload, messaging, weather and automatic transmission of position reporting and Out/Off/On/In status. COM3: This functionality allows the operator to disable the Datalink Mode of the radio and use it as a thirrd VHF, to increase dispatch reliability. This function will come with selection of FAA Data Comm and ACARS.
- Advanced Steering Augmentation System (ASAS): Reduces pilot workload and enhances safety for missions in specific weather conditions.
-New Styling Options: New exterior paint schemes comprise Gunmetal, Luxe Gold and Deep Sea Blue, and several colour options for the new Elite S logo with the bold red S as a standard offering.