Sat, Oct 06, 2007
See Eclipse At Booth
As Well As The Static Display!
manufacturer of the world's first very light jet (VLJ), returns to
AOPA Expo 2007 with a full FAA Type certificate and
production certificate in hand -- as well as the exciting ECJ POC
aircraft. More important; the company is delivering Eclipse 500s
and has opened two Eclipse Service Centers (ESCs).
Seven years ago Eclipse Aviation started showing up on the
aviation scene proclaiming its "New Way to Fly" campaign. At
that time, Eclipse's president and CEO Vern Raburn was convinced
that advances in turbine engines, digital technology, high-volume
manufacturing and high-technology business practices could be used
to create a whole new breed of aircraft and company. And now the
dream of Eclipse Aviation and the Eclipse 500 is a reality.
Eclipse Aviation delivered its first customer aircraft on
December 31, 2006. By the end of the second quarter this year,
Eclipse had certified a total of 31 Eclipse 500s and delivered 22
to customers... and as of right now, over 50 completed airplanes
have Certificates of Airworthiness. The company's state-of-the-art,
high-volume production system is humming with activity as Eclipse
assembles customer aircraft at the company's Albuquerque, NM
The company has opened an Eclipse Service Center (ESC) in
Albuquerque as well as Gainesville, FL, and has plans to open
additional ESCs in Albany, NY and Van Nuys, CA in the coming
months. Eclipse currently has more than 1,300 employees, nearly
2,700 orders for the Eclipse 500 and over 400,000 square feet of
facilities available to ramp production up to four jets per
- Did you know…Since delivering its first aircraft on
December 31, 2006, Eclipse Aviation had certified a total of 31
Eclipse 500s and delivered 22 to customers by the end of the second
- Did you know…Eclipse Service Centers (ESCs) are now
operating in Albuquerque, NM and Gainesville, FL. In the
coming months, Eclipse plans to open ESCs in Albany, NY and Van
- Did you know… Eclipse Aviation has grown to more than
1,300 employees and plans to add approximately 300 more jobs by the
end of this year, and 500 next year.
- Did you know… Currently the Eclipse 500 order book
consists of nearly 2,700 aircraft secured with deposits.
- Did you know… Eclipse Aviation has created the least
expensive jet ever. At only $1.52 million, the Eclipse 500
costs half that of today's small jet aircraft.
- Did you know… The Eclipse 500 is the quietest jet ever
and is very environmentally friendly. According to noise
testing the Eclipse 500 significantly exceeds the stringent stage 4
sound requirements. The PW610F engine has also been tested to
have a smoke number (SN) of less than five, while the regulatory
limit for engine smoke emissions is a SN of 50.
- Did you know… Eclipse introduced the PhostrEx™
fire suppression system, another major innovation for the Eclipse
500, during AirVenture 2005.
- Did you know… Eclipse is the first manufacturer to use
friction stir welding to assemble primary aircraft
structures. The first ever public demonstration of friction
stir welding was at AirVenture 2001.
- Did you know… The Eclipse 500 will have the most
advanced customer care and training program ever created in general
- Did you know… Eclipse Aviation has 440,000 square feet
of facilities in place with the ability to ramp up production to
four Eclipse 500s a day.
- Did you know… Eclipse Aviation has more than $600
million of private equity and debt funding.
- Did you know… The Eclipse 500 was introduced at
AirVenture in 2000 proclaiming its "New Way to Fly"
Be sure to stop in and see Eclipse at their display in Booth
310, as well as the Static Display!
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