At NBAA-BACE 2022, Honda Aircraft Company revealed the HondaJet Elite II, featuring performance and comfort upgrades. The announcement also included the introduction of automation technologies.
The performance upgrades include an expanded range of 1,547 nautical miles (with NBAA IFR and four occupants), and the addition of ground spoilers to optimise take-off and landing field performance. The aircraft features additional space to carry more fuel, and an increased maximum take-off weight of 11,100 lbs.
“The HondaJet Elite II once again pushes the boundaries of its category on all fronts of performance, comfort and style,” said Hideto Yamasaki, president and CEO of Honda Aircraft Company. “We are also excited to take our aircraft forward on the journey of automation by bringing new technologies to the market next year.”
Building on the highly customised HondaJet avionics suite based on the Garmin G3000, the Elite II introduces several new features enabling more automation and augmentation, while bringing new technologies to HondaJet customers. Stabilized Approach is designed to assist the pilot with aural and visual alerts to maintain a stable aircraft state on approach. Honda Aircraft Company plans to introduce Autothrottle and Emergency Autoland by the end of 2023.
Outside, the Elite II introduces new styling options – a Black Edition paint scheme, Black Sable signature exterior paint schemes, and a corporate scheme design. There is ground illumination on the main entry door, and integrated exterior lighting.
The HondaJet Elite II features a fully redesigned cabin and two new interior design options – Onyx and Steel, featuring new surface materials and colours. Onyx is described as a rich and warm, neutral greige cabin theme with mid-tone wood accents. Steel is a modern and light, cool-grey theme with high-contrast marble accents. The cabin redesign includes a nose-to-tail acoustic treatment to create a tranquil space; and LED lighting with soft indigo night-time setting.
Options include new aisle flooring with hardwood herringbone and plank patterns; sheepskin covers for pilot seats; and a configuration with an additional 3in of legroom for crew seat with extended seat track.