Embark on this journey of exploration and innovation as we pierce the stratosphere of elite aviation with the HondaJet Elite II by Honda Aircraft Company. This rare fusion of aerodynamics and aesthetics doesn’t just challenge the vanilla blueprints of private jets but skyrockets performance and sustainability standards in its league. Buckle up your virtual seatbelts and preflight your excitement for a tour of this paradigm-shifting aircraft that is rewriting the flight plan of private aviation.
By: Maxim Sorokopud
The proportions of the HondaJet Elite II invite curiosity. Yes, they combine to form the basic shape of a private jet plane, but there’s clearly something else hard to pin down just under the surface. Then it becomes apparent: The plane’s slightly stubby nose and body look more like they belong to a harrier jump jet than a vehicle made for ferrying businessmen back and forth! This blending of appearances is sure to appeal to company owners who want to stand out, even in the already exclusive world of jet plane ownership!
And the HondaJet Elite II is just as impressive in performance as it looks. In fact, it’s the fastest, farthest, and highest flying of any aircraft in its class. Somehow, it also manages to feature the largest cabin within this class. This extra space also comes with a maximum takeoff weight of 11,100 pounds, which is an increase compared with previous HondaJet models. Despite these facts, the true reason why the HondaJet Elite II may be the plane of the future is its comparative eco-friendliness. Thanks to its GE Honda Aero Engines, Natural Laminar Flow (NLF) nose and wing, composite fuselage, and unique Over-The-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM,) the aircraft is, Honda Aircraft Company states, “significantly more fuel efficient, with lower greenhouse gas emissions than all other similarly sized twin-engine business jets.” Amazingly, an average of 8,000 gallons of fuel are saved per year compared to any other aircraft in the very light jet category.
Other design innovations have managed to not just enhance the HondJet Elite II’s performance but also make it easier to manufacture. One example is the advanced composite fuselage structure, which employs a unique combination of honeycomb sandwich and stiffened panel structures and are joined via a patented integral co-curing process.
Honda Aircraft Company also went to great lengths to provide the best possible passenger experience. In fact, the cabin has been fully redesigned from the previous model’s interior and is offered in two styles named Onyx and Steel. In addition to the comfortable seating, impressive legroom, and hardwood herringbone and plank flooring is a truly incredible audio system. The Bongiovi Aviation speakerless in-cabin sound system provides “a best-in-class, immersive audio experience throughout the entire cabin.” One final inspired touch is the multi-color LED lighting along the edge of the cabin roof, which includes a soft indigo nighttime setting, ensuring that passengers can get sleep on overnight journeys.
Unsurprisingly, the HondaJet Elite II flight technology is also state-of-the-art. The avionics suite is based on the Garmin® G3000, offering increased automation and augmentation for those piloting. Customers can also purchase Autothrottle, which reduces pilot workload through further automating power management, and Garmin Emergency Autoland, which lands the plane without human intervention if the pilot is incapacitated.
Overall, the HondaJet Elite II is without doubt one of the finest jet planes ever invented.
Honda Aircraft Company informally began in 1997, when Honda Motor Company aviation researcher sketched the “Over-The-Wing Engine Mount” configuration. In 2003, the first experimental HondaJets took to the sky. The Honda Aircraft Company became an official subsidiary of Honda in 2006, with its headquarters in Greensboro, North Carolina. Since this time, it has continued to pioneer aviation innovations.