Eclipse Aviation received permission from the U.S. and Canada to export the Eclipse 500 and its Pratt & Whitney Canada PW610F engines to Russia. “This is the next step in establishing an assembly facility in Ulyanovsk, Russia,” the company said at EBACE.
With all 173 Eclipse Aviation employees now figuratively under one roof at Sunport International Airport in Albuquerque, N.M., the company expects to begin assembly this month of its first flight-test airplane in preparation for the model’s initial flight next July.
Eclipse Aviation announced this week that it received approval from U.S. and Canadian authorities to export the Eclipse 500 very light jet and its components to Russia, where it plans to establish an assembly facility in Ulyanovsk.
Eclipse Aviation (Booth No. 7463) has received permission from the U.S. Department of Commerce Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) to export the Eclipse 500 very light jet and its components to Russia, and has also received Canadian approval for the export of the aircraft’s Pratt & Whitney Canada PW610F engines.
Eclipse Aviation displayed a new mockup of its redesigned Eclipse 500 at EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh, Wis., last month, but first flight of the genuine article has been pushed back 30 days (to next July, rather than June) and certification pushed back six months to December 2003.
Delegates at the Very Light Jet (VLJ) conference, held March 26 and 27 at the Royal Aeronautical Society in London, warned that unless a range of measures are put in place, the widespread introduction of this new “phenomenon” could prove a commercial disaster. Capt.
In early February the Nimbus Group of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., announced it had received a “commitment” for $1.2 billion to finance its previously disclosed order for 1,000 Eclipse 500s for its proposed air-taxi fleet. In the announcement, Nimbus said the financing commitment came from Dafin Asset Finance Ltd., “an affiliate of the Royal Bank of Scotland International [RBSI].”
Eclipse Aviation introduced an in-house mandatory training program for customers of its Eclipse 500 very light twinjet, which includes pilot qualification and supplemental training by the University of North Dakota’s aerospace department. Jet-transition and type-rating courses will be provided free of charge with each Eclipse 500 purchased. A mandatory type-training admission evaluation, conducted by UND, will cost between $500 and $750.
Nimbus Group is now looking at the recently announced Adam 700 very light twinjet for its proposed affordable nationwide jet-taxi network. The Fort Lauderdale, Fla. company recently failed to obtain sufficient financing to complete its proposed purchase of 1,000 Eclipse 500 very light twinjets.
Eclipse Aviation, FAA and JAA (Joint Aviation Authorities) representatives met for the first time in Rome on October 24. Two Eclipse employees, including vice president of engineering Oliver Masefield, four FAA people and six JAA representatives attended this first “informal” meeting. The subject at hand was European certification of the Eclipse 500 very light jet.