DayJet

June 27, 2013 - 2:05pm

DayJet founder Ed Iacobucci died last Friday after a 16-month battle with pancreatic cancer. After he left Citrix Systems, the software maker that he co-founded, in the early 2000s, Iacobucci started laying the groundwork for per-seat, on-demand charter operator DayJet and placed an order for 239 Eclipse 500s in May 2005. DayJet started operations in October 2007 but ceased flying 11 months later.

July 1, 2012 - 5:40am
The Eclipse production team mated the forward keel assembly to the fuselage for the first Eclipse 550 during a dealer and sales conference at the company’s Albuquerque, N.M. headquarters on May 31. The airplane will be delivered next year.

Sales professionals from more than 30 countries who attended the first International Eclipse Dealer and Sales Conference on May 31 may have noticed a not-so-subtle change to the buildings that house Eclipse Aerospace at the Albuquerque, N.M. International Sunport. Before the meeting, Eclipse CEO Mason Holland arranged for bucket loads of blue paint to be delivered to the company’s facilities, and painters quickly erased the bright orange that had been the hallmark of the old Eclipse Aviation and dabbed on the blue that is the color of Eclipse Aerospace.

June 3, 2012 - 3:35am

Despite a halt in production of nearly four years and the bankruptcy of its original developer, the fleet of Eclipse very light jets could soon grow again after Eclipse Aerospace was awarded a production certificate from the FAA.

March 2, 2012 - 4:10am

Other than seeing a ramp full of stored ex-DayJet Eclipse aircraft in 2008 after the collapse of the Florida-based air-taxi firm, it’s rare now to sight more than a couple of the type together at an airport–unless you happen to pass through Henderson Executive Airport near Las Vegas, Nev.

September 29, 2010 - 10:41am

I’ve been waiting quite some time to fly the Eclipse, a dozen years in fact, since the then revolutionary very light jet (VLJ) was first announced in 1998. The term very light jet–originally coined to ­describe the Eclipse specifically–came to be applied to a number of small jets, although a precise definition seemed to depend upon an aircraft manufacturer’s marketing department at any given time.

August 2, 2010 - 7:39am

Boca Aircraft Maintenance (BAM) celebrated its first anniversary in June. The FAA Part 145 repair station is also EASA certified and has Eclipse authorization for work and parts distribution in the southeast.  

March 31, 2010 - 7:34am

The FAA has approved North American Jet of Charleston, S.C., to fly its Eclipse 500 very light jets in single-pilot configuration. The approval came after upgrading

March 30, 2010 - 5:40am

The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) approved Eclipse Aerospace as its newest member, bringing the international trade association’s membership to 67. Albuquerque, N.M.-based Eclipse Aerospace is providing service for the fleet of more than 250 Eclipse 500s. The company acquired the former Eclipse Aviation out of bankruptcy in September.

December 28, 2009 - 9:46am

The prognosticators may claim that the very light jet era is over, but the investors who paid $40 million (half in cash up front) for the assets of bankrupt Eclipse Aviation think otherwise.

October 30, 2009 - 8:39am

Eclipse Aerospace held a supplier summit on October 27 for manufacturers and vendors of Eclipse EA500 very light jet components. Eclipse Aerospace purchased the assets of bankrupt manufacturer Eclipse Aviation on September 1 and is focusing on supporting the existing fleet of EA500 VLJs.

 
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