Honda Debuts Upgraded HondaJet Elite With S Variant

Honda Aircraft Company has peeled the curtain of its new Elite S model. We're getting treated to some upgrades that include additional range, a 200-pound (91 kg) payload increase, advanced avionics technology, and more.
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After receiving FAA type-certification in 2015, Honda Aircraft delivered its first HondaJet Elite three years later, which featured upgraded avionics, increased range, and an optional galley. Since then, over 170 HondaJets have entered service worldwide.

Now, the aircraft got even more upgrades with the Elite S. Its design is still based on the HondaJet, maintaining its Over-The-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM) configuration, which works with the airflow over the wing to minimize aerodynamic shockwave, increasing the jet's top speed. The aircraft's Natural Laminar Flow (NLF) fuselage nose and wing are also retained.

In terms of exterior design, three new color schemes have been added, Gun Metal, Lux Gold, and Deep Sea Blue. The paint options also include a red S logo. Additional customization is possible depending on the exterior color chosen.

Spec-wise, the S variant has an increased maximum takeoff weight of 200 lbs (91 kg), extending the cruising range by up to 138 miles (222 km) at a higher payload. Upgrades were also implemented for the avionics functions. More automation was added to improve operational safety. If the aircraft strays outside of a safe flight envelope, the system will support the pilot by delivering automatic control inputs.

Enhancing HondaJet's avionics suite based on the Garmin G3000, FAA Data Communication and Aircraft Communications Addressing and Reporting System (ACARS) replaced the conventional voice commands with text-based messages in order to improve the clarity and efficiency of communication.

According to Honda, when combined with the newly introduced Advanced Steering Augmentation System (ASAS), the Elite S flight control system decreases the pilot's workload while maximizing safety for missions in specific weather conditions.

The company announced a base price of HondaJet Elite S of $5.4 million. However, customers may have to dig deeper into their pockets depending on the options chosen.

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