One Aviation announced a new variant of the Eclipse 550 today with a four-foot longer wingspan and improved performance and range, as well as a higher gross weight. Dubbed “Project Canada,” the $3.495 million twinjet will also have an integrated Garmin G3000 suite and flat-rated Pratt & Whitney Canada PW615 turbofans. It will also shed the E550’s tip tanks to reduce drag.
Thanks to higher thrust—1,170 pounds each versus the E550’s 980-pound-thrust PW610s—longer wingspan and aerodynamic improvements, the Eclipse Canada will require 24 percent less runway at sea level and ISA+25 to take off; nearly halve the time to climb to FL400 at ISA+10; have an NBAA IFR range of 1,400 nm; and be able to cruise at Mach 0.65 at a higher max ceiling of FL430. “Canada has significant improvements in all performance on high temp days,” the company noted.
Canada’s longer wingspan—41.7 feet versus 37.9 feet—is accomplished by adding a new wing section at the root, which increases wing area by 13 percent, to 163 sq ft. This allows for more fuel (321 gallons versus 251 gallons) and a useful load of 2,787 pounds, 476 pounds more than the E550. Additional wing area also keeps the takeoff, approach and landing speeds similar to the current E550's, One Aviation said.
The Garmin G3000 avionics suite will include synthetic vision, GFC 700 autopilot, Garmin ESP protection system and LNAV and VNAV, as well as be ADS-B and RVSM compliant.
One Aviation said first flight is scheduled for later next year, but it has not announced an estimate for certification. The company is currently offering a special trade-in deal for the new model. For customers who place an order for an Eclipse 550 or SE by August 5, One Aviation will that that airplane back on trade at full purchase price (zero depreciation) for a Canada model.