ALBUQUERQUE, NM — May 01, 2008 — Eclipse Aviation, manufacturer of the world's first very light jet (VLJ), today announced that it has received certification to register and operate the Eclipse 500 in India and Australia. The Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) in India granted the first foreign country Eclipse 500 certification on April 7, 2008 and the Civil Aviation Safety Agency (CASA) in Australia approved the Eclipse 500 on April 22, 2008. These certifications expand Eclipse Aviation's global reach and allow its customers to register and operate their Eclipse 500 jets in these two countries.
"These accomplishments mark the first of many worldwide Eclipse 500 certifications," said Vern Raburn, Eclipse Aviation president and CEO. "We are experiencing a tremendous amount of interest for the Eclipse 500 outside of the United States, and these certifications in India and Australia position us to meet the strong demand for this innovative aircraft in these countries."
Certification in India and Australia grants Eclipse approval to export aircraft, receive Eclipse 500 certificates of airworthiness, and list the Eclipse 500 on the registry in these countries.
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 advanced technologies, manufacturing processes and business practices to create high-performance aircraft that cost a fraction of other jets, and 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