In The Works: Eclipse Aviation Model 500
Delivery of the first Eclipse 500 very light jet happened on either Dec. 31, 2006, or Jan. 4, 2007, depending on how you count. Eclipse Aviation received its first certificate of airworthiness from the FAA on the last day of 2006 and announced that it had delivered its first airplane by the end of the year to co-owners David Crowe and fractional share/management firm Jet-Alliance. But it held a formal delivery ceremony on January 4.
Although the airplane is now certified and the company has made the first delivery, we’re keeping the Eclipse 500 on the In the Works list until the FAA awards the company the all-important production certificate. Without that, the FAA must inspect and sign off each airplane as it rolls off the assembly line.