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eclipse aviation taking orders for eclipse model 550

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eclipse aviation has risen from the ashes, and is taking orders for their new model 550, intending for deliveries to start in 2013. (aero-news.net) Altro...

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jwllmson
It's good to see the business aviation sector on the upswing once again. I was at NBAA last week and the mood is definitely more optimistic. Let's hope the momentum continues. All the best to Eclipse and the other VLJ manufacturers breaking new ground.
chalet
chalet 0
Show me where is the potty. You can´t fly it more than 15 minutes away from an airport or the mere 4 passengers might suffer from a severe case of cramps (for lack of a beter word) and to pay a cool $ 3 million for the privilege?; that is why the air taxi outfit in Florida that "purchased" 200-300 Eclipses went bankrupt. You can buy a B90 in real top condition for $1 to 1.3 million, flying a few knots slower, but it has a toilette, offers plenty more legroom and 50% more payload. Mr. Holland is daydreaming that he can sell that many copies.
mpradel
You can get a phenom 100 with more seats, and a potty for about the same mulla.
chalet
chalet 0
Markus that is why I wonder the rationale of Robert Woody
Robert Woody that if the Eclipse drops dead i would be a shame as it would never rise to its proper place in history. Unless Markus or a close relative work for the manufacturer, I don't see any rational reason.
n9003b
Mike Rasnak 0
What this article doesn't say is that eclipse has moved production of the basic airframes overseas. While final assembly will be done in New Mexico for the time being, the company has indicated production could be moved closer to the eventual markets (read that China & India). Another mfg moving out!
Beechjetdd
Beechjetdd 0
Fool me once, shame on you.....Fool me twice......Are you kidding me? Good luck.
horlosky
Great day for Eclipse Aerospace Inc as the Dream Lives On:

I am the proud owner of an Eclipse 500 that I purchased in July of 2008. Eclipse is a pilots dream to fly and has the lowest maintenance of any jet ever produced with inspections required only every 300 hrs. or 2 years. There is nothing to lube on the airframe. The Auto-Throttles will make the jet complete as they are built in to all of Eclipse jets but Eclipse needs to get FAA approval to turn them on. Eclipse is the only Very Light Jet able to climb directly to 41,000 at gross wt on the hottest day of the year while burning only 60 gallons per hour (average) for the trip. The Eclipse jet is more fuel efficient than a Mustang, TBM, or PC12 while flying at almost 100k faster speed than the turboprops. No other jet aircraft is even close to that performance. Eclipse is 30k faster than the Mustang and burns approx: 30% less fuel caring virtually the same weight. I will race any Mustang anytime for any distance and win the race using less fuel. Eclipse will, once again, become the world’s best selling light jet and it will beat all VLJ competitors in virtually all categories.
Fly safe yours truly, N141EA, S/N 223
horlosky
Great day for Eclipse Aerospace Inc as the Dream Lives On:

I am the proud owner of an Eclipse 500 that I purchased in July of 2008. Eclipse is a pilots dream to fly and has the lowest maintenance of any jet ever produced with inspections required only every 300 hrs. or 2 years. There is nothing to lube on the airframe. The Auto-Throttles will make the jet complete as they are built in to all of Eclipse jets but Eclipse needs to get FAA approval to turn them on. Eclipse is the only Very Light Jet able to climb directly to 41,000 at gross wt on the hottest day of the year while burning only 60 gallons per hour (average) for the trip. The Eclipse jet is more fuel efficient than a Mustang, TBM, or PC12 while flying at almost 100k faster speed than the turboprops. No other jet aircraft is even close to that performance. Eclipse is 30k faster than the Mustang and burns approx: 30% less fuel caring virtually the same weight. I will race any Mustang anytime for any distance and win the race using less fuel. Eclipse will, once again, become the world’s best selling light jet and it will beat all VLJ competitors in virtually all categories.
Fly safe yours truly, N141EA, S/N 223
chalet
chalet 0
Henry, I congratulate you on your proud possesion; as for the potty I hear that Eclipse has contracted with Kohler the installation of this potty which has several features including music, built-in bidet and
hair dryer at the right temp!!!! (don't laugh it is true), read it by yourself http://news.consumerreports.org/home/2011/04/kohlers-new-throne-is-fit-for-a-king-at-least-in-price.html (LOL!!).
N66CC
Wow! Amazing. To let the Eclipse go would be like the Model T never rising to it's proper place in history. Great job!

horlosky
The Eclipse is so advanced in instruments that only Airbus, Boeing, and Eclipse have the IS&S instrument panels (see http://www.innovative-ss.com/platforms/bymanufacturer.asp . Eclipse has one of the few I-FMS systems. (Intergraded with all Nav/Computer systems) most other mfgs lack because they are Model Ts. It is like comparing a Lexus to Yugo the Eclipse is the Lexus. Pottys are seldom used on small jets; however if you want one Eclipse can install it for you. The Total Eclipse 500 sells for $2.15M. Buy two Total Eclipse 500s for one Phenom and did I mention the Eclipse has six seats and can fly 1250kmi trip with IFR reserves at much lower fuel consumption than any other jet ever made at 41,000. Eclipse flys above the weather while the turbos flys in the weather.

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