ARE YOU READY FOR AN ELITE EX­PE­RI­ENCE?

The most de­liv­ered jet, Hon­daJet, is drum­ming up a storm with their lat­est of­fer­ing

SP's Aviation - - BUSINESS AVIATION | HONDAJET - By AR­PITA KALA

Af­ter a stel­lar de­but in 2016, Hon­daJet is set to make an en­try in the up­com­ing 2018 edi­tion of Farn­bor­ough Air­show too. The jet closed 2017 with a bang with a tag of the most de­liv­ered jet in its cat­e­gory for 2017, based on num­bers pro­vided by the Gen­eral Avi­a­tion Man­u­fac­tur­ers As­so­ci­a­tion.

NEW, IM­PROVED

Honda Air­craft’s pres­i­dent and CEO, Michi­masa Fu­jino, un­veiled a new ver­sion of its light jet at EBACE 2018, the Hon­daJet Elite at a spe­cial hangar event ahead of the re­cently con­cluded 2018 Eu­ro­pean Busi­ness Avi­a­tion Con­ven­tion and Ex­hi­bi­tion (EBACE) in Geneva, Switzer­land.

The Hon­daJet Elite has achieved an ex­tended range of an ad­di­tional 17 per cent (+396 km) and is equipped with a newly de­vel­oped noise attenuating in­let struc­ture that lines each en­gine and greatly re­duces high fre­quency noise to en­hance cabin quiet­ness. Ad­di­tion­ally, the new air­craft’s ad­vanced avion­ics sys­tem in­cor­po­rates ad­di­tional per­for­mance man­age­ment func­tions for op­ti­mum flight plan­ning and au­to­matic sta­bil­ity and pro­tec­tion func­tions to en­hance safety of flight. The Elite is also more fuel ef­fi­cient than any other air­craft in its cat­e­gory and emit­ting less green­house gases than sim­i­lar sized busi­ness jets.Fu­jino said of the lat­est ad­di­tion, “The Hon­daJet Elite rep­re­sents Honda Air­craft’s con­tin­ued com­mit­ment to per­for­mance, ef­fi­ciency and environment cre­at­ing new value in busi­ness avi­a­tion,” he said. “The re­sult of in­no­va­tion, de­sign and engi­neer­ing, our new air­craft fea­tures sev­eral per­for­mance and com­fort en­hance­ments that, once again, set a new stan­dard in avi­a­tion. We are ex­cited to share Honda Air­craft’s lat­est tech­no­log­i­cal feat with the world at EBACE.” He also re­vealed that the first Hon­daJet Elite will be de­liv­ered in Au­gust with a 17 per cent range in­crease, a shorter take-off roll and sev­eral avion­ics im­prove­ments.The Hon­daJet Elite has in­her­ited the aero­nau­ti­cal break­throughs de­vel­oped by Honda Air­craft, in­clud­ing the Over-The-Wing En­gine Mount (OTWEM) con­fig­u­ra­tion, Nat­u­ral Lam­i­nar Flow (NLF) fuse­lage nose and wing and com­pos­ite fuse­lage. The air­craft con­tin­ues to be the most ef­fi­cient, qui­etest, fastest and high­est-fly­ing as well as the fur­thest-fly­ing in its cat­e­gory.

The orig­i­nal Hon­daJet al­ready boasts class-lead­ing speed, but the Elite up­grade re­duces the ad­van­tages of ri­val Tex­tron Avi­a­tion’s Cessna M2 in the ar­eas of range and take-off per­for­mance. The Hon­daJet Elite also brings new up­grades for the cabin. A new noise-attenuating en­gine in­let is added to re­duce vi­bra­tion and sound in­side the four-seat cabin. The cabin it­self is now aug­mented by a lava­tory with a belted seat, al­low­ing a fifth pas­sen­ger to be ac­com­mo­dated even with a gal­ley. The Garmin G3000 avion­ics suite is also im­proved with sev­eral new fea­tures, in­clud­ing au­to­mated sta­bil­ity and an­gle of at­tack pro­tec­tion, as well as com­puted take-off dis­tance.

ELITE EX­PAN­SION

With it’s pop­u­lar­ity grow­ing a break­neck speed, Honda Air­craft Com­pany re­cently an­nounced ex­panded sales to Ja­pan with the ap­point­ment of Marubeni Aero­space as Hon­daJet Ja­pan. Hon­daJet Ja­pan will pro­vide sales, ser­vice, and mainte- nance of air­craft in the re­gion. In May 2018, the ap­pli­ca­tion for JCAB type cer­ti­fi­ca­tion was sub­mit­ted and the first air­craft is ex­pected to be de­liv­ered in the first half of 2019. The Mid­dle East also got a taste of Honda with the ap­point­ment of Je­tex Flight Sup­port as an au­tho­rized sales rep­re­sen­ta­tive based in Dubai, United Arab Emi­rates. Honda Air­craft made the an­nounce­ment at Pal­expo dur­ing the EBACE 2018 in Geneva, Switzer­land, where the Hon­daJet Elite is mak­ing its world de­but. Je­tex will rep­re­sent Honda Air­craft’s sales in the United Arab Emi­rates, Saudi Ara­bia, Bahrain, Oman, Qatar, Le­banon, Pak­istan, Jor­dan, Turkey and Kuwait.

Ear­lier this year, Honda Air­craft Com­pany also an­nounced that it has ex­panded sales of the Hon­daJet to In­dia with the ap­point­ment of Ar­row Air­craft Sales and Char­ters Pvt Ltd as an au­tho­rized sales rep­re­sen­ta­tive based in New Delhi, In­dia. Honda Air­craft made the an­nounce­ment at Begum­pet Air­port dur­ing Wings In­dia, where the Hon­daJet is mak­ing its firstever ap­pear­ance.

“The re­sult of in­no­va­tion, de­sign and engi­neer­ing, our new air­craft fea­tures sev­eral per­for­mance and com­fort en­hance­ments that, once again, set a new stan­dard in avi­a­tion. We are ex­cited to share Honda Air­craft’s lat­est tech­no­log­i­cal feat with the world at EBACE.”

ELITE LIGHT JET: HON­DAJET ELITE HAS ACHIEVED AN EX­TENDED RANGE OF AN AD­DI­TIONAL 17 PER CENT (+396 KM) AND IS EQUIPPED WITH A NEWLY DE­VEL­OPED NOISE ATTENUATING IN­LET STRUC­TURE THAT LINES EACH EN­GINE AND GREATLY RE­DUCES HIGH FRE­QUENCY NOISE TO EN­HANCE CABIN QUIET­NESS

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