OSHKOSH, WI — August 1, 2008 — Eclipse Aviation, manufacturer of the world’s first very light jet (VLJ), today announced to its customers at the Experimental Aircraft Association (EAA) AirVenture 2008 that Harbour Air of Vancouver, British Columbia, will be Eclipse’s first Designated Service Center for the Eclipse 500® in North America.
Harbour Air will provide Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO) support for Eclipse 500 operators in Western Canada, with the opportunity to expand into Eastern Canada and Alaska. Harbour Air will also support service requirements for Eclipse 500 operators in the Northwestern United States until the Eclipse Service Center (ESC) network in the United States is fully implemented.
“We are very excited to offer our customers greater capacity for service and modifications,” said John Ricciardelli, Eclipse Aviation’s vice president of ownership experience. “Harbour Air offers complete MRO capability and a strong legacy in aviation. They have supported Eclipse for some time, and I’m thrilled to welcome them to our North American network.”
Harbour Air’s facility at the Vancouver International Airport will provide scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, including critical Aircraft On Ground (AOG) and Mobile Response Team (MRT) support. Harbour Air will also perform Flight Into Known Icing (FIKI) and Avio NG 1.5 modifications. Harbour Air already employs technicians certified by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and trained by Eclipse Aviation.
Harbour Air will extend the existing ESC network, which includes service centers in Albuquerque, N.M.; Gainesville, Fla.; and Albany, N.Y. ETIRC Aviation oversees two Designated Service Centers in Europe: JetSupport in Amsterdam, The Netherlands; and Aerlyper in Madrid, Spain.
About Eclipse Aviation
Eclipse Aviation is the world’s leading very light jet (VLJ) manufacturer, producing innovative, affordable jets that are revolutionizing air transportation. The company created the VLJ category with the design, certification and delivery of the Eclipse 500® — the industry's first VLJ. Eclipse applies advances in technology, manufacturing processes and business practices to create high-performance aircraft that provide the lowest cost of jet ownership ever achieved. By changing the value proposition for private jet travel, Eclipse is allowing more pilots to enter the world of jet-powered aviation and enabling a new generation of entrepreneurs to help business travelers move between cities on a quick, affordable and convenient basis. Contact Eclipse at www.eclipseaviation.com.
Eclipse Aviation Corporation, Eclipse, Eclipse 500, and Eclipse 500 Jet are trademarks of Eclipse Aviation Corporation.