Fri, Dec 31, 2004
Is This The Best Way To Welcome A New Year... Or What?
ANN has just finished
the first debrief with Eclipse Aviation officials following an 89
minute first flight for the Pratt & Whitney 610F powered
Eclipse 500. The first production model of a new generation of
light jet aircraft, the Eclipse 500, flew to 16,800 feet and as
fast as 200 knots during a "super" first flight that actually
proceeded so well as to allow for the expansion of a number of
flight test objectives.
The company notes that this is the FIRST FAA production
conforming microjet to fly... period. Check back throughout the day
-- We'll have more information and pictures shortly...
Eclipse 500 Flight Test Resumption Statistics
Date: December 31, 2004
Aircraft: Eclipse 500
Tail number: N503EA
Flight duration: 1 hour and 29 minutes
Max speed: 200 kts
Max altitude: 16,800 feet
Pilots: Bill Bubb - pilot in command and Brian
Takeoff time: 10:16 a.m.
Takeoff runway: 17
Landing time: 11:45 a.m.
Landing runway: 35
What was tested?
- Basic handling characteristics
- Flight envelope expansion
- PW610F engine performance
- Flight controls
- Climate control system
Where: In a practice area just south of the
Albuquerque International Sunport
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