EASA suspends Eclipse 500 type certificate

 - July 27, 2009, 11:16 AM

The European Aviation Safety Agency suspended the European type certificate (TC) held by bankrupt Eclipse Aviation. The company was granted the EASA type certificate on Nov. 21, 2008, and four days later Eclipse Aviation filed for bankruptcy. According to an EASA spokeswoman, “The suspension of the Eclipse EA500 type certificate is the result of the TC holder’s failure to fully comply with its administrative obligations toward EASA.” The European agency is listed as a creditor in the Eclipse Chapter 7 (liquidation) bankruptcy filing, and although the spokeswoman could not confirm that EASA is owed money by Eclipse, she said that “administrative obligations” could include failure to pay certification fees. Once the failure is remedied, the TC can be reinstat