A Once Controversial Pocket Rocket Is Living Up To Its Potential
Credit the stunning vision of those who dreamed of an amazing little jet, affordable beyond anything seen previously, for the start of an amazing vision... and credit Aero-Entrepreneur Mason Holland for finishing the job. The Total Eclipse is every bit the airplane the original dream of the Eclipse 500 was meant to be... and then some.
Recently STC'd by the almighty FAA, the last major issue necessary to mature the Eclipse program was the long-awaited IFMS (Integrated Flight Management System). The IFMS system was developed by Innovative Solutions & Support, Inc. specifically for integration in the advanced cockpit of the Eclipse Twin-Engine Jet. Eclipse Aerospace provides engineering, service, and support for the fleet of 260 Eclipse twin-engine jets.
The Avio IFMS provides dynamically calculated top of decent guidance, coupled LPV approach, Airway / Victor route navigation, RNP (Auto/Manual), holding patterns and procedure turns, parallel offsets, storage for ninety-nine flight plans, user defined waypoints, nearest airports and navigation aids, and on-route information. The system includes enhanced graphics such as integrated on-route e-charts, e-charts overlaid on the moving map, freezing levels, winds aloft, stormscope display, progressive zooming, and Canadian NexRad/Metars and TAFs.
Unlike non-integrated cockpits, the Eclipse Jet takes full advantage of EFIS and FMS avionics functions by tightly integrating data provided from these systems with data provided by the Eclipse on board data computer systems. It is with this integration that the Eclipse Jet provides pilots with instant data and feedback on all operations of the aircraft in one location.
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