National Business Aircraft Association, Las Vegas NV, October 22, 2013 — Eclipse Aerospace, Inc. (EAI) proudly unveiled the first new production Eclipse 550 twin-engine jet at the 2013 National Business Aviation Association Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, Nevada today at the Eclipse booth on the convention center floor. The Eclipse 550 Jet emerges as the only sub three million dollar jet aircraft in active production worldwide.
"As the Eclipse 550 Jet makes its first public appearance today, we are so excited and thankful for all of the industry support by our customers, our suppliers, our staff and the aviation community," stated Mason Holland, Eclipse Aerospace CEO. "And of course a special thanks to our first Eclipse 550 customer who is with us today to witness the first showing of his new Eclipse Jet."
EAI further announced that all Eclipse 550 development, flight test and certification plans have been completed and final acceptance from the FAA is in process and upon receipt, deliveries to customers are planned to begin within a few weeks.
The Eclipse 550 Jet includes standard equipment enhancing safe single pilot jet operations, such as a dual and redundant channel flight management system, Anti-Skid brakes, and a full situation Independent Standby Display. Options like Synthetic Vision and Enhanced Vision provide an unprecedented level of situational awareness for the pilot while Auto Throttles (an industry first in the light jet market) help to further reduce pilot workload.
Two Pratt & Whitney Canada P610F jet engines power the Eclipse 550, giving it the ability to fly to altitudes of up to 41,000 feet at a max cruise of 430 mph, all while consuming just 59 gallons of fuel per hour, making the Eclipse 550 the most fuel efficient twin-engine jet in production today. The Eclipse 550 Jet is designed to be flown single pilot, can be equipped with six forward facing seats, and includes with a 3-year 'tip-to-tail' warranty.