Eclipse Taking Orders for Model 550 Jets
October 12, 2011 – Eclipse Aerospace Inc. is taking orders for its Eclipse 550 twin-engine jet, the company announced at this week’s NBAA convention. Plans call for 50-100 aircraft to be produced annually with deliveries beginning in 2013 at a base price of $2,695,000 (2011 dollars).
“We’re thrilled to be taking this positive step forward in Eclipse history,” said Mason Holland, CEO/chairman, who led a group of plane owners in acquiring the liquidated assets of Eclipse Aviation in 2009 after the company filed for bankruptcy in 2008. “We expect a robust customer response based on the support we’ve received from current Eclipse owners, our suppliers, and the aviation community in general. Ultimate production levels will be driven by overall market demand, and we couldn’t be more excited or optimistic.”
The 550 uses the same airframe and Pratt & Whitney PW610F turbofan engines as the original EA-500, giving the 6,000-pound aircraft 375 knots max cruise with an IFR range of 1,125 nm at full gross weight. The new plane will be technologically advanced, including expanded aircraft computer systems and an integrated avionics package supporting Synthetic Vision, Enhanced Vision, dual-mode FMS, TAWS, TCAS-1, ADS-B, onboard color radar, Radar Altimeter, and iPad data entry integration.
Maximum service ceiling is 41,000 feet. In addition, Eclipse will offer optional autothrottles. “One of the true values of the Eclipse 550 design is the ability to incorporate new technology such as autothrottles into our aircraft with improved cost efficiency,” Holland said.
A limited number of introductory position holders will receive a contract without CPI escalation and more than $120,000 in optional equipment at no additional cost. To learn more, click here.