Eclipse

April 21, 2008 - 9:39am

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.

April 2, 2008 - 6:16am

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.

April 1, 2008 - 6:56am

The FAA has certified a new airborne weather radar system for the Eclipse 500 developed by the Albuquerque, N.M. very light jet builder with assistance from Japan Radio (JRC) in Tokyo. Eclipse CEO Vern Raburn praised the approval as an example of the company’s ability to develop and certify its own technologies for the Eclipse 500.

March 25, 2008 - 6:53am

Eclipse Aviation, developer of the Eclipse 500 ultra-light twin jet, secured $38 million in financing last month, closing a third round of equity financing worth a total of $100 million ($62 million was secured last September). In all, the Albuquerque, N.M.-company has obtained $220 million in guaranteed funding from undisclosed private investors.

February 27, 2008 - 5:16am

The FAA in January awarded Eclipse 500 type rating training approval to Mesa Falcon Field, Ariz.-based Sabena Airline Training Center. Managing director Kris Van den Bergh said the center is the first center worldwide to offer Eclipse 500 type rating courses. The training center received its first Eclipse 500 in August. The course takes 10 to 15 days to complete, and the first class will be offered this month.

February 19, 2008 - 2:52am

Very light jet pioneer Eclipse Aviation has sold 10 of the twin-turbofan aircraft to Indian charter operator Club One Air of New Delhi.

The purchase marks Eclipse Aviation’s entry into the Indian business aviation market and expands its global reach and impact, the Albuquerque, New Mexico manufacturer said.

February 8, 2008 - 9:01am

Eclipse Aviation will generate consistent and transferable manufacturing and maintenance procedures for use at its production facilities in Albuquerque, N.M., and its service centers in the U.S. Using a software suite from Right Hemisphere, Eclipse will develop illustrated production and maintenance instructions from the original 3-D computer-aided design of the Eclipse 500 VLJ.

February 8, 2008 - 9:01am

Eclipse Aviation will generate consistent and transferable manufacturing and maintenance procedures for use at its production facilities in Albuquerque, N.M., and its service centers in the U.S. Using a software suite from Right Hemisphere, Eclipse will develop illustrated production and maintenance instructions from the original 3-D computer-aided design of the Eclipse 500 VLJ.

February 8, 2008 - 4:45am

In one year, Eclipse Aviation has ramped up its production of Eclipse 500 very light jets to a rate of nearly one per day. Last year the company’s Albuquerque, N.M. factory built 103 jets and it expects to achieve the one-per-day rate in this year’s second quarter.

February 8, 2008 - 4:45am

In one year, Eclipse Aviation has ramped up its production of Eclipse 500 very light jets to a rate of nearly one per day. Last year the company’s Albuquerque, N.M. factory built 103 jets and it expects to achieve the one-per-day rate in this year’s second quarter.

 
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