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Thu, May 03, 2007

EPA Recognizes Eclipse's PhostrEx Fire Suppression System

Wins 2007 Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award

It may not carry quite the cachet within aviation circles of the Collier Trophy, but Eclipse Aviation isn't complaining. The company told ANN this week that the Environmental Protection Agency has awarded Eclipse with a 2007 Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award for the development of the PhostrEx Fire Suppression System.

Each year, Stratospheric Ozone Protection Award winners are recognized for eliminating ozone depleting substances in various industries, including aviation.

"PhostrEx will transform how our industry protects against engine fires while simultaneously guarding against the depletion of the ozone. We appreciate the EPA's recognition of this significant advancement," said Eclipse Aviation CEO Vern Raburn. "Protecting our environment is a major focus at Eclipse, as evidenced by our development of PhostrEx, and our commitment to design and manufacture an aircraft that delivers breakthrough fuel economy with unmatched low noise and emissions."

First announced at Oshkosh 2005, Eclipse says PhostrEx is the first new, commercially viable aircraft engine fire suppression system in 50 years. Eclipse holds the patent on PhostrEx, and says the system has proven to be the world's first commercially viable substitute to Halon -- eliminating the potential for ozone depletion, while contributing nothing to global warming and vastly reducing lifecycle cost and weight.

"As part of the Bush Administration's aggressive yet practical strategy, EPA is pleased to work with partners like these award winners to protect the Earth's atmosphere in cost-effective ways," said EPA Administrator Stephen L. Johnson. "Environmental protection is everyone's responsibility, and these leaders are making smart choices to hand down a cleaner, healthier future."

When the agent is released from its hermetically-sealed canister, it works in less than one-tenth of a second, then, after extinguishing the fire, combines with moisture in the air and quickly becomes inert. Because of this rapid reaction with moist air and surfaces, the agent cannot be transported to the stratosphere where ozone depletion could occur.

In a fire, the PhostrEx agent decomposes 1,000 times more rapidly than Halon and undergoes three sequential losses of bromine atoms. These atoms catalyze suppression of the fire.

FMI: www.eclipseaviation.com, www.phostrex.com, www.epa.gov

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