ALBUQUERQUE, NM — September 26, 2012 — Today, Eclipse Aerospace, Inc. formally announces the addition of an Anti-Skid Braking System (ABS) as a new option for the Eclipse Twin-Engine Jet, the world’s first and most efficient Very Light Jet. The new Anti-Skid Braking System is available as an option on the new production Eclipse 550 jets and will be offered as a retrofit to the existing fleet. In-aircraft testing is complete with certification and availability expected within six months.
ABS allows for maximum braking energy and skid control without the need for a conventional hydraulic system, which is unique to the Eclipse Jet. "Testing of this system has exceeded our expectations, from normal touchdown speeds to a complete stop in less than 750 feet with aggressive braking”, states Cary Winter, SVP of Eclipse Aerospace Engineering.
This innovative and proven technology will add yet another level of safety to the Eclipse Jet’s robust set of safety features and stellar safety record. The new system will include two brake control valves installed in each wheel well, two axle mounted wheel speed sensors, a computer, and a software update to our Avio Processing Center software. The total installation weighs approximately 17 pounds. Eclipse Aerospace will also be offering a weight reduction package that will minimize the weight impact of the ABS installation. The Anti-Skid Braking System will be available as an option on all IFMS equipped aircraft.
"ABS and the previously announced Auto Throttles are just two of the many exciting new features and engineering enhancements Eclipse Aerospace will be releasing in the very near future." stated Winter.
The fully certified ABS retrofit installation for the Eclipse Jet will be available in early 2013, with installation on new production Eclipse 550 Jets available at initial deliveries. Based on the performance experienced in testing, Eclipse will seek to adjust the Aircraft Flight Manual performance numbers as appropriate.