The resilience of general aviation was never more in evidence than at EAA’s AirVenture in late July, when an estimated 750,000 airplane buffs made the annual pilgrimage to east central Wisconsin for the 50th time.
Eclipse Aviation announced that it will partner with underwriter Global Aerospace Underwriters to provide hull and liability insurance to owners of owner-flown Eclipse 500s.
While most business jet manufacturers rarely announce how many airplanes they have built before providing quarterly shipment numbers to the General Aviation Manufacturers Association, Eclipse Aviation announced last month that it had delivered 45 aircraft in the first quarter. (“Delivered” airplanes have a bill of sale, the buyer has paid and signed the acceptance papers.)
Eclipse Aviation is breaking new ground again, but this time it’s in the California courts.
Insurance underwriter Global Aerospace will partner with Eclipse Aviation, manufacturer of the Eclipse 500 personal jet, to provide hull and liability insurance to owners of the new five-passenger personal jet.
Under a bowl of scorching blue New Mexico sky, Eclipse Aviation rolled out the first Eclipse 500 at its Albuquerque facility on July 13–one big step toward confounding the skeptics who insist the startup company will never be able to deliver a certified six-seat twinjet at the promised price of $837,500. The next step will be first flight, possibly before you hold this magazine in your hands.
Swiss startup company Aviace is to get a special, lower-mtow version of the Eclipse 500 twinjet for its European “jet club” operation. At EBACE 2002, Aviace announced it ordered 112 Eclipse 500s. The company’s objective is to set up “jet clubs” that should allow members to travel in the microjets throughout Europe. The cost structure is different from both fractional-ownership and air-charter operations.
June 30 was a critical date for Nimbus Jets, the Fort Lauderdale, Fla., startup that last December agreed to buy 1,000 Eclipse 500 jets (a sale valued at nearly $8.4 billion) for a proposed nationwide air-taxi service. That date was the deadline by which Nimbus owed Eclipse Aviation deposits in the amount of $11.7 million, or 20 percent of the estimated price for the first two-year delivery commitment of 70 aircraft.
Eclipse Aviation announced the opening of its third service center during a ceremony at Albany International Airport in late February.
The 42,800-sq-ft facility encompasses eight maintenance bays in 30,000 sq ft of hangar space and also houses storage, tooling and customer service areas. Construction on the $8 million facility began in October 2005 and it received operational approval and certification from the FAA on February 25.
What began as a clever idea by two former Eclipse Aviation engineers culminated last month with TSO approval for Aspen Avionics’ Evolution Pilot and Pro primary flight displays. Shipments of the EFD1000 Pilot product started on March 31, and will be followed this month by the market introduction of the Pro version.