Eclipses

January 29, 2008 - 11:00am

Mesa (Ariz.) Falcon Field-based Sabena Airline Training Center (SATC) yesterday received Eclipse 500 type-rating training approval from the FAA, making it the first third-party training facility to offer type rating courses in the very light jets. The center acquired its first Eclipse 500s in August and said more will join the fleet this year as deliveries of the VLJs increase and owner-pilots require training.

January 29, 2008 - 11:00am

Mesa (Ariz.) Falcon Field-based Sabena Airline Training Center (SATC) yesterday received Eclipse 500 type-rating training approval from the FAA, making it the first third-party training facility to offer type rating courses in the very light jets. The center acquired its first Eclipse 500s in August and said more will join the fleet this year as deliveries of the VLJs increase and owner-pilots require training.

November 26, 2007 - 6:58am

Litigation filed last month by Eclipse 500 empennage assembly supplier Hampson Aerospace in the New Mexico Second District Court against Eclipse Aviation quickly turned into yet another public feud between Eclipse and one of its suppliers. Eclipse’s previously publicized battles include those with former vendors Williams International, BAE Systems, Nordam and Avidyne, among several others.

May 23, 2007 - 11:42am

Eclipse Aviation announced at EBACE that it has won an order for 180 Eclipse 500s from a single customer. Eastern European-based Etirc Aviation Europe, a sales, service and support company, had previously ordered 40 Eclipse 500s for sale in Eastern Europe.

May 16, 2007 - 11:15am

An Eclipse spokesman told AIN that "very few, if any" Eclipse 500 buyers asked to have their deposits refunded after learning of a price increase for the very light twinjet on May 11. In a letter to existing customers Eclipse president and CEO Vern Raburn wrote, "Unfortunately, we have now determined that it will cost us more to produce the Eclipse 500 than we anticipated in January 2003.

September 26, 2006 - 10:53am

An ongoing “supplier problem” is casting a shadow over Eclipse Aviation’s receipt of its first FAA type inspection authorization earlier last month for the Eclipse 500 very light twinjet. The supplier problem–which outside sources say is related to the avionics system–could delay the March certification target for Eclipse’s very light jet. Eclipse at press time was meeting with the unidentified vendor in hopes of quickly resolving the issue.

 
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