Honda Aircraft Company has revealed the HondaJet Elite S, at its first ever virtual product launch event themed "Innovation Continues: Elite S."
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.
Taking the HondaJet's signature exterior profile to the next level, the HondaJet Elite S 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.
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.
*additional range benefit begins to phase in above 650 lbs. of payload; additional passenger/payload benefit ranges from 170-200 lbs. depending on range of mission
Key new features of the HondaJet Elite S -
Increased Gross Weight 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 centers. 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 3rd VHF, to increase dispatch reliability. This function will come with selection of FAA Data Comm and ACARS.
Advanced Steering Augmentation System (ASAS): Advanced Steering Augmentation System (ASAS) reduces pilot workload and enhances safety for missions in specific weather conditions.
New Styling Options: new exterior paint schemes: Gunmetal, Luxe Gold, Deep Sea Blue; and everal colour options for the new Elite S logo with the bold red S as a standard offering.
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