Eclipse Aerospace Completes Its First ‘New’ Aircraft

 - November 29, 2012, 4:05 PM
For the first time in more than four years, new aircraft have emerged from the former Eclipse Aviation final assembly facility in Albuquerque, N.M.–in this case two Total Eclipse twinjets. These aircraft will soon be followed by new Eclipse 550s, which will start rolling off the line in mid-2013.

For the first time in more than four years, new aircraft have emerged from the former Eclipse Aviation final-assembly facility in Albuquerque, N.M. Two unfinished airframes left on the assembly line when that company declared bankruptcy in November 2008 were recently completed by the resurrected company, Eclipse Aerospace, and outfitted as factory-new Total Eclipse twinjets. Until now, Eclipse Aerospace’s Total Eclipse airplanes were pre-owned airframes delivered by the old company and later refurbished by Eclipse Aerospace.

Both of the new aircraft–S/Ns 261 and 262–are available for delivery next month equipped with new Pratt & Whitney Canada PW610F turbofans, known-icing certification and the Avio IFMS avionics suite, according to the company. The aircraft will also feature discounted pricing on an optional upgrade package that, upon FAA certification, will include synthetic- and enhanced-vision capabilities, as well as autothrottles.

A company spokesman told AIN the aircraft are the first two examples to pass down Eclipse Aerospace’s retooled production line for the upcoming Eclipse 550, which will be the first aircraft completely produced by the company. Eclipse 550 deliveries are expected to begin in the middle of next year.

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Joe Durzo's picture

I can't believe they ae still getting people to buy this thing.
The plane itself is great, but the overall deal is really bad.
just the cost of ownership is tremendous without putting any hours in the air. There are numerous revisits to the factory for parts , inspection requirements and such that
make this an entirely overpriced POS.

SK's picture

Joe,

You don't know what you are talking about. I own and fly one and after two years has been one of the best aircraft I have owned.

Unless you have owned and flown one, you should keep your unqualified opinion to yourself. From experience buying an Eclipse was the best decision as a pilot I made.

Fly one and make the decision for yourself.

SK

jrcochranjr's picture

It is good news for the North American aerospace industry! The owners are willing to invest their money in this venture. That's a good sign, especially given the state of our economy and frequent bashing of corporate-business aircraft ownership. What if the Eclipse is not a perfect air plane?

jdm's picture

I have operated the Eclipse 500 for 4 years and in excess of 600 hours and had almost problem free experience. I have never missed a planned flight for a maintenance issue. I have upgraded to the fms current design. I have never had a better experience in over 7000 hours of ownership of aircraft.

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