Eclipse opens Albany service center

 - April 2, 2008, 6:16 AM

Eclipse Aviation announced the opening of its third service center during a ceremony at Albany International Airport in late February.

The 42,800-sq-ft facility encompasses eight maintenance bays in 30,000 sq ft of hangar space and also houses storage, tooling and customer service areas. Construction on the $8 million facility began in October 2005 and it received operational approval and certification from the FAA on February 25.

Eclipse employs about 25 employees, including 14 maintenance technicians, at the Albany facility. The company plans to increase employment to 50 by the end of the year. It is set to perform all maintenance on the Eclipse 500 and its systems, including the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW610F engines. Avio NG modifications will also be installed at the Eclipse Service Center.