In response to a thrust-lever quadrant failure in an Eclipse 500 on June 5, the FAA issued an emergency Airworthiness Directive (AD 2008-13-51) on June 12, calling for pilot inspection of quadrants and a report to the FAA of any problems found.
Amid scuttlebutt about persistent financial problems, Eclipse Aviation founder and CEO Vern Raburn (left, in photo) stepped down today and company chairman Roel Pieper (right), a Dutch IT entrepreneur, became acting CEO, effective this morning. He had been serving as the non-executive chairman of Eclipse since early this year, when Etirc's investment of $100 million gave it a minority stake in the company.
Eclipse Aviation is back on the In the Works chart with the May launch of the EA-400 four-seat 330-knot single-engine jet. Although Eclipse has yet to make a formal application to the FAA for the EA-400 type certificate, the company has begun taking orders from existing Eclipse 500 buyers and opened the order book to new customers at the EAA AirVenture show in Oshkosh late last month. Price is $1.35 million (2008 $).
Eclipse Aviation in late June received flight into known icing (FIKI) approval for the Eclipse 500, though in-service and undelivered aircraft up to S/N 265 will require modifications to fly in such conditions.
The FAA on January 29 issued a notice of proposed special conditions for the Eclipse 500, which, if implemented, would require the twin-engine super-light jet to include an engine-fire extinguishing system in its design.
Albuquerque, N.M.-based Eclipse Aviation in late May increased the price of the Eclipse 500 very light jet by about a half million dollars, putting it closer in range to the $2.76 million (2008 $) Cessna Citation Mustang, a slightly larger competitor. The 30-percent price increase to $2.15 million (June 2008 $) nearly triples the original $837,000 price tag announced for the twinjet some 10 years ago.
Eclipse Aviation yesterday received flight into known icing (FIKI) approval for the Eclipse 500, though in-service and undelivered aircraft up to S/N 265 will require modifications to fly in such conditions.
The FAA and Eclipse Aviation are awaiting the results of thrust-lever quadrant inspections on the more than 200 in-service Eclipse 500s before determining what caused a maximum uncontrolled thrust condition in one of the very light jets on approach to Chicago Midway Airport on June 5 (see “Stuck Pow
Eclipse Aviation on Monday issued a “customer pilot communication” regarding an incident last Thursday in which an Eclipse 500’s main gear tires blew out during a landing at Chicago Midway Airport. But the event was more than a hard landing.
Eclipse Aviation announced last month that it received certification from India and Australia for the Eclipse 500 very light jet. These certifications, which were issued on the basis of bilateral agreements between the FAA and the individual countries, allow customers to register and operate their Eclipse 500 jets in India and Australia.