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Eclipse Aerospace and U.S.A.F in talks about Eclipse Jet

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    Jet News JF News Editor Staff Member

    Jun 6, 2012
    Eclipse Aerospace and the U.S.A.F meet about the Eclipse Jet

    The United States Air Force is looking to potentially replace its fleet of Trainer aircraft that comprise mainly of Hawker T-1A Jayhawks, the military version of Hawker T-400 business jet. Eclipse Aerospace has been in talks with them about using their Eclipse Jet as the replacement.

    "I have met with senior Air Force leaders and they are looking for an efficient and affordable solution to their challenges," says Mason Holland, Eclipse's chief executive officer. "In our response to the RFI we have proposed a solution that is expected to save the USAF hundreds of millions of dollars over the next ten years while upgrading their fleet with the most efficient and technologically advanced light jet currently in production."

    "At today's cost of jet fuel, fuel costs alone for this program would decrease by more than $500 million," says Eclipse co-founder Mike Press. Eclipse Aerospace also suggests that the Eclipse Jet is 70% more fuel-efficient and 70% less costly to support than the current Jayhawk fleet. "From a budgetary viewpoint, our response demonstrates how the USAF can save over one billion dollars of O&M [operations and maintenance] costs over ten years by converting to an Eclipse Jet fleet," Holland says.

    For more information:

    Eclipse Aviation
    2503 Clark Carr Loop SE
    Albuquerque, NM 87106


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