Eclipse 500 upgrades announced yesterday by Albuquerque, N.M.-based Eclipse Aerospace promise to bring long-pledged safety equipment and performance capabilities to the original very light jet. The new Safety Enhancement Package (SEP) will also remove the last of the “INOP” stickers present in Eclipse 500 cockpits since the former Eclipse Aviation delivered its first customer aircraft nearly seven years ago.
Available as a separate add-on package for aircraft previously modified with the Avio integrated flight management system (IFMS) panel, the SEP groups anti-skid brakes and autothrottles–the latter were originally specified for the Eclipse 500 but never installed–with refined electronic flight information system (EFIS) software, allowing additional flight data, including full-size terminal charts and configurable checklists, to be shown on existing IFMS cockpit displays.
A new, high-resolution standby instrument display is also included with the package, which Eclipse Aerospace CEO Mason Holland said was an offshoot of the company’s certification program for the new-build Eclipse 550 slated for customer deliveries later this year. SEP installations will be coordinated through Eclipse’s Chicago service center.