The Honda Aircraft Company makes its presence at the European Business Aviation Conference and Exhibition (EBACE) 2022 held in Geneva and can be approached at Booth N61, Static AD9. The company will be showcasing recent developments such as the introductions of the updated HondaJet Elite S, HondaJet 2600 concept jet, and another annual crowning as the most delivered aircraft in its class.
Produced by the Honda Aircraft Company of Greensboro, North Carolina, United States-the Honda HA-420 HondaJet is a light business jet that made its maiden flight on December 3, 2003, and received its FAA type certificate in December 2015.
Apparently, Honda managed to deliver 37 of its distinctive over-the-wing-engine-mount-configured HondaJet HA420s last year- the most in the very light jet category for the fifth consecutive year.
Additionally, the company delivered its 200th HondaJet in December-surpassing 100,000 fleet flight hours in January and receiving type certification last year from Thailand – the 14th country to approve the HA420. The company’s sales and services spread over a wide geographic expanse including Europe, North America, Latin America, Southeast Asia, China, the Middle East, India, Japan, and Russia.
Introducing the HondaJet Elite S
Tech and specs
Touted to be the world’s most advanced light jet as the farthest, highest, and fastest flying aircraft in its class, the Elite S’s expanded operational capability allows an extended MTOW of 200 lbs.
Features a seamless human-machine interface intended to replace traditional voice commands with text-based messaging for departure clearance and en-route services were available in the United States.
The “COM3” functionality allows the operator to disable the Datalink Mode of the radio and use it as a traditional 3rd VHF (comes with a selection of FAA Data Comm, ACARS, or CPDLC).
The HondaJet Elite S has a range of 1437 nautical miles, making it the farthest-flying aircraft in its class. This is made possible by the Elite S’s refined aerodynamics and increased fuel capacity, which maximizes range for longer trips.
The Over-The-Wing Engine Mount configuration creates a natural sound barrier, making for a more tranquil flight while significantly reducing ground-detected noise.
The HondaJet Elite S carbon composite fuselage is both stronger and lighter than the aluminium used by other aircraft in its class, letting it fly higher and faster while using less fuel.
Featuring greater automation to enhance operational safety, the Under-Speed Protection system available during both autopilot and manual flight prevent a stall condition by automatically adjusting aircraft pitch until a safe airspeed is restored.
In the event of a missed approach, Go-Around mode can be activated at the push of a button to lessen pilot workload as they prepare for the next flight phase.
The HondaJet Elite S features the largest cabin in class, with a fully-private lavatory and smartphone-controlled cabin environment.
The aircraft offers unmatched efficiency, keeping in line with the company’s commitment to preserving the environment.
|Maximum Cruise Speed at FL300||422 KTAS (782 km/h)|
|Maximum Cruise Altitude||FL430|
|NBAA IFR Range (4 occupants)||1437 nm (2661 km)|
|Engine Manufacturer||GE Honda / HF120|
|Engine Output (Uninstalled Thrust)||2050 lbf each derated from 2095 lbf each|
|Wing Span||39.76 ft (12.12 m)|
|Height||14.90 ft (4.54 m)|
|Length||42.62 ft (12.99 m)|
|Typical Configuration||1 crew + 6 pax / 2 crew + 5 pax|
|Alternative Configuration||1 crew + 7 pax / 2 crew + 6 pax|
Introduced last May at the company’s first virtual product launch, the HondaJet Elite S features a full-service galley, private lavatory with an optional belted seat, and an industry-first Bongiovi sound system. Furthermore, the flight deck includes a customized Garmin G3000 avionics suite and FAA DataComm and ACARS have been added to replace traditional voice commands with text-based messaging.
Taking HondaJet’s signature exterior profile to the next level, the Elite S livery introduces three new colour options and logos.
Hideto Yamasaki, who is the new president and director, takes over after former president-Michimasa Fujino retired on March 31. Fujino led the design and development of the HondaJet and the launch of Honda Aircraft as a new business jet manufacturer and Yamasaki is carrying on that legacy moving forward.