Eclipse Aviation announced on September 23 that the Russian state bank Vnesheconombank (VEB) supervisory board, chaired by Russian prime minister Vladimir Putin, has approved the construction of a factory in Ulyanovsk, Russia, to assemble Eclipse 500s for the European and Russian markets.
Boca Raton, Fla.-based DayJet–the per-seat, on-demand charter operator of the Eclipse 500– ceased operations and let go most of its approximately 150 employees on September 19, almost exactly a year after it started very light jet air-taxi operations in Florida and then gradually expanded service to cover much of the Southeast.
An extraordinary confluence of events has embroiled Eclipse Aviation in intense scrutiny, all without a single fatal accident to act as a catalyst.
Last Wednesday’s congressional hearing on FAA certification and “alleged regulatory lapses in the certification and manufacture of the Eclipse EA-500” is just the beginning of the Department of Transportation Office of the Inspector general’s
After Boca Raton, Fla.-based DayJet–the per-seat, on-demand charter operator of the Eclipse 500–on Friday ceased operations and let go most of its employees due to “economic conditions,” questions arose as to what this would mean for Albuquerque, N.M.-based Eclipse Aviation. Less than 24 hours after DayJet’s shutdown, Eclipse issued a statement downplaying the fate of the air-taxi firm.
The fate of per-seat, on-demand air-taxi firm DayJet is up in the air, and its aircraft are not.
The FAA today agreed to act on recommendations released this morning as part of the Eclipse 500 special certification review (SCR). The review was prompted by concerns raised in grievances filed by two FAA employees in late 2006.
The corner office at Eclipse Aviation’s Albuquerque, N.M., headquarters has gone strangely quiet. After years of missed deadlines, and facing rising pressure from customers, government regulators and investors, the company retreated to the tall grass last month as executives pondered how to reboot the ailing very light jet maker.
As part of its “operational excellence strategy” to finish incomplete customer-delivered airplanes, improve production efficiency, fulfill overdue payments to suppliers, repay deposit holders who have canceled orders and achieve financial stability, Eclipse Aviation CEO Roel Pieper has reorganized the company into two new divisions.
Eclipse Aviation has selected Vancouver-based Harbour Air to be the first Eclipse 500 authorized service center in North America. Harbour Air will provide MRO service for the aircraft in western Canada. The deal leaves open the opportunity for the company to expand into eastern Canada and Alaska. Harbour Air will also provide service to the Northwest U.S. until Eclipse establishes a service center network in the U.S.