The upgraded HondaJet Elite II announced last month at NBAA-BACE has received FAA approval, Honda Aircraft told AIN today. Deliveries of the latest HondaJet variant—which has added range, new cabin designs, ground spoilers, and a stabilized approach feature—are expected to begin soon.
NBAA IFR range of the Elite II is 1,547 nm with four passengers, a 110-nm improvement from its Elite S predecessor. To accommodate the added fuel, the mtow has been raised by 200 pounds to 11,100 pounds.
Other upgrades include a new ground spoiler system that optimizes takeoff and landing performance at the higher mtow. The stabilized approach upgrade “assists the pilot with aural and visual alerts to maintain a stable aircraft state on approach,” Honda Aircraft said.
Meanwhile, a black sable exterior paint scheme is available for the HondaJet Elite II, in addition to cabin interiors in onyx and steel styles. The onyx option includes “a rich and warm neutral beige cabin theme with mid-tone wood accents,” while steel is “a modern light cool grey theme with high-contrast marble accents.”
Next year, Honda Aircraft will also add an autothrottle system to the twinjet by June, followed by Garmin Autoland anticipated in the second half.