Allows Company To Ramp Up Production
ANN REALTIME REPORTING 04.27.07 1620 EDT: It's
a huge step towards Eclipse Aviation's goal of delivering over
2,000 aircraft in the coming years... and may just be the only time
Eclipse CEO Vern Raburn could be accused of being "PC"
(and he likely wouldn't mind a bit -- Ed.)
The Albuquerque, NM-based very-light-jet (VLJ) manufacturer told
ANN Thursday the planemaker has received its production
certificate (PC) from the Federal Aviation
Administration. Representatives from the FAA presented the
production certificate to Eclipse COO Peg Billson earlier today at
a ceremony held at Eclipse headquarters.
A production certificate allows a company to manufacture
aircraft with an FAA-approved type design, and is only granted when
the FAA has determined that the organization's manufacturing
processes and inspection systems comply with all federal
Eclipse Aviation is now
authorized to issue standard airworthiness certificates for its
production aircraft. Until now, Eclipse could manufacture aircraft
for sale... but was required to submit each plane to the FAA for
approval before delivery.
"Earning our FAA production certificate means
we have successfully built a reliable, high-quality manufacturing
process, and are well positioned to expedite aircraft deliveries,"
said Billson. "Our employees, customers and investors can have
confidence that we are gaining momentum in production as more and
more Eclipse 500s go out the door and into the hands of our
customers. This is a critical milestone in our journey to become a
high-production aircraft manufacturer."
Eclipse notes the FAA production certificate approval process is
very rigorous, and includes the exhaustive evaluation of an
organization's manufacturing processes, quality control and
production inspection system.
A team of FAA inspectors fully audits the organization and
production facilities, and examines approved design data for
compliance. If the FAA finds inconsistencies, there are follow-up
audits to ensure corrective actions were taken and integrated into
ongoing systems and processes.
"We appreciate the professionalism and dedication the FAA has
demonstrated throughout this initiative, and look forward to
advancing Eclipse 500 aircraft production under our now
FAA-approved system," commented Billson.