It's for real... the next generation of Eclipse VLJs is about to be handed over to a new owner and the long four year road to production resumption is finally paying off.
The Eclipse 550 builds upon a proven and reliable airframe, adding an increased range of safety and sophistication to the cockpit and improved comfort to the cabin.
The Eclipse 550 adds as standard equipment dual WAAS (LPV) GPS receivers, XM weather, Anti-Skid brakes, Jeppesen tall approach plates, a dual and redundant channel FMS, and a new Independent Standby Display. Options like Synthetic Vision and Enhanced Vision provide an unprecedented level of situational awareness for the pilot, while Auto Throttles (an industry first in the light jet market) reduce pilot workload. A new premium interior and an improved air conditioning system ensure a comfortable flight. Customers are also offered the option of choosing a custom paint scheme to further personalize their jet.
Two Pratt & Whitney Canada P610F jet engines power the Eclipse 550, giving it the ability to fly to altitudes of up to 41,000 feet at a max cruise of 430 mph, all while consuming just 59 gallons of fuel per hour, making the Eclipse 550 the most fuel-efficient twin-engine jet in production today. The Eclipse 550, designed to be flown single pilot, can be equipped with six forward facing seats and includes a 3-year 'tip-to-tail' warranty.
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