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Tuesday, November 8, 2022

The HondaJet Elite II Can Land By Itself In An Emergency


Honda may be best known for their ground-based transportation—automobiles and motorcycles—but in a short span of time, they’ve actually been making a name for themselves in the aviation industry as well.

Founded in 2006, Honda Aircraft Company is a wholly-owned subsidiary of American Honda, and most recently, they’ve launched the HondaJet elite II—the fastest, highest, and farthest flying aircraft in its class.

The Elite II is powered by a pair of GE Honda Aero Engine HF120s giving it a maximum takeoff weight of 11,100 pounds. Thanks to an enlarged fuel tank, Over-The-Wing Engine Mount (OTWEM) configuration, Natural Laminar Flow (NLF) nose and wing, and composite fuselage, it can cruise up to 1,547 nautical miles or enough for a one-way trip from Manila to Singapore.

Compared to similarly-sized twin-engine business jets, the HondaJet Elite II is significantly more fuel efficient with lower greenhouse gas emissions. Moreover, it’s certified for single pilot operations too.

Starting next year, they’ll also be able to offer some degree of automation with their Autothrottle and Emergency Autoland feature. These two features enhance the overall operational safety of the HondaJet Elite II while also reducing pilot workload.

Autothrottle reduces pilot workload through the automation of power management based on desired flight characteristics through all phases of flight, allowing for more precise and efficient performance from the aircraft, while Emergency Autoland activates in an emergency situation to autonomously control and land the aircraft without human intervention. The Autoland creature is engineered with the help of Garmin.

The Elite II also features a fully redesigned cabin with more legroom, LED interior lighting, and two interior color options: Onyx and Steel. It also comes with a nose to tail acoustic treatment for added comfort.

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