Fri, Jun 25, 2010
All things old may be new again... and that seems to include one
of our favorite little jet aircraft, the uncommonly thrifty Eclipse
500. Known initially as the world’s first "Very Light Jet,"
the Eclipse 500 twinjet can cruise at speeds of 425 miles per hour,
and travel over 1,100 non-stop nautical miles -- all the while
consuming as little as 48 gallons per hour (total)!
The Eclipse 500 continues to be recognized as the world’s
most efficient light jet, while generating the least emissions of
any twinjet flying. And that's not idle boasting, its verifiable
In September 2009, a group of Eclipse owners, former deposit
holders (included Eclipse Aerospace Boss Mason Holland) and
investors, orphaned by the failure of the original company, formed
Eclipse Aerospace International which subsequently purchased the
assets from the shuttered company.
Their first goal was to re-establish service, support and the
parts supply chain. Their second goal was to re-start production of
the EA-500 aircraft.
The first goal is well underway... and there is definite
progress on the second, though the company is careful not to tip
their hand at this point or engage in any claims until they're
ready to prove them. In the meantime, Holland's flock has unveiled
the "Total Eclipse." The Total Eclipse is a fully configured EA500
aircraft that 'encompasses all currently available features and
Specific components include flight to 41,000 feet, 20,000 cycle
airframe life and an on-board color radar, electronic moving maps
and eCharts (Jeppesen) all presented directly on the EA500
multifunction display. The Total Eclipse is priced at $2.15
million, including a factory warranty.
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