Eclipse supplier problem looms

 - September 26, 2006, 10:53 AM

An ongoing “supplier problem” is casting a shadow over Eclipse Aviation’s receipt of its first FAA type inspection authorization earlier last month for the Eclipse 500 very light twinjet. The supplier problem–which outside sources say is related to the avionics system–could delay the March certification target for Eclipse’s very light jet. Eclipse at press time was meeting with the unidentified vendor in hopes of quickly resolving the issue. Before the meeting, Eclipse president and CEO Vern Raburn was “70-percent sure” that the Eclipse 500 will be certified by the end of March, and “95-percent certain” that the approval will be achieved by mid-May.