Hawker Beechcraft Entering Eclipse Support

 - April 7, 2009, 12:02 PM

A group of Eclipse 500 owners and Hawker Beechcraft (HBC) today announced the signing of a non-binding letter of intent under which HBC’s service network would provide maintenance and upgrades for Eclipse Owners Group (EOG) members. The two parties are now negotiating a “definitive binding agreement,” according to an EOG statement. The group added that it will “negotiate with HBC to provide the needed maintenance and support services to keep Eclipse 500s flying in the event the EOG purchases the assets of Eclipse Aviation.” EOG is one of many entities mounting an effort to bid on bankrupt Eclipse’s assets. Another company vying to buy those assets is Eclipse Jet, founded by Eclipse 500 owner Mike Press and deposit-holder Mason Holland, and including minority partner Roel Pieper. Also today, Eclipse Jet announced that it is forming a U.S. service network for Eclipse 500s under an agreement with Eclipse Service Network (ESN). Ken Ross is founder of ESN and president of Eclipse 500 operator North American Jet in Chicago. ESN’s first platinum-level service center is Brigadoon Aircraft Maintenance, part of a new FBO complex planned by Ross at Chicago Executive Airport.