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In Build: Production starts on Eclipse Jet 550

  1. Eclipse Aerospace certified for production of new Eclipse 550 jet

    During the first International Eclipse Dealer and Sales Conference held this past Friday in Albuquerque, Eclipse Aerospace, Inc., manufacturer of the world's first very light jet (VLJ), announced the official launch of initial production of the new Eclipse 550 twin–engine jet.

    Now armed with an established supply chain, a new FAA production certificate, and a certified airframe, Eclipse is officially back in production with deliveries beginning in 2013. Eclipse plans initial low-volume production with the first aircraft taking approximately 12 months to complete as the balance of the production line is re-tooled and validated during the process. Full production for an estimated 50 to 100 aircraft per year is expected in 2014, paced by market demand.

    Mason Holland, CEO and Chairman of Eclipse Aerospace commented "New production of the Eclipse Jet, that was the ultimate goal of EAI when we started the process two and a half short years ago. The excellent team at Eclipse Aerospace along with our strong supply chain partners have brought us back into the production market, I am simply humbled by everyone’s efforts!"

    The new Eclipse 550 twin-engine jet is built upon the same excellent and well tested Eclipse 500 model, but will deliver with the next evolution of aircraft systems for general aviation jets which will include auto-throttles, synthetic vision, enhanced vision, and a redundant flight management system. First deliveries are expected in mid 2013.

    For more information:

    Eclipse Aviation
    2503 Clark Carr Loop SE
    Albuquerque, NM 87106