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Eclipse Aerospace announced at the show that it is now taking orders for
the Eclipse 550, the latest twin-engine very-light jet model in the Eclipse
The announcement comes a year after helicopter manufacturer Sikorsky took
a minority stake in the company, the successor to the earlier Eclipse Aviation,
which went bankrupt in 2008. Eclipse Aerospace bought that company’s assets
for US$40 million and restarted the business in September 2009.
“ We expect a robust customer response [to the new model], based on the
supp ort we’ve re ceived from current Eclipse owners, our suppliers and the
aviation community in general,” says Mason Holland, Eclipse’s chairman and
chief executive. “Ultimate ... production levels will be driven by overall market
demand, and we couldn’t be more excited or optimistic.”
The Eclipse 550 is a development of the earlier, six-seat EA-500 twinjet, using
the same airframe and engines but incorporating “significant innovations in
most aircraft systems designed to improve overall operations, direct operating
costs, technology, comfort, and performance”, the manufacturer says.
The base price of the aircraft is US$2.695. Eclipse Aerospace says it expects
to produce 50 to 100 per year, with deliveries starting in 2013.
Enhancements will include improved aircraft computer systems and an
enhanced, integrated avionics packag e, which will now support features such
as: s ynthetic vision, enhanced vision, a dual-mode flight-management system,
terrain awareness and warning system, TCAS-1 traffic collision avoidance
system, automatic dependent sur veillance-broadcast navigation, on-board
colour radar, a radar altimeter, and iPad data -entry integration.
In addition, Eclipse will become the first in its industry segment to offer
autothrottles as an option for the Eclipse 550.“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 says.
“The Eclipse 550 will also include performance enhancements to further
improve the aircraft’s f uel-efficiency advantag e.”
The Eclipse 550 will be powered by the same Pratt & Whitney PW610F
turbofan engines used in the EA-500, which collectively produce 1,800lb of
thrust, giving the 6,000 lb jet a ma ximum cruise speed of 375 knots and a range
under instrument flight rules of 1,125 nautical miles.
Like the EA-500, the Eclipse 550 will have a ma ximum ser vice ceiling of
41,000ft and a cruise fuel flow of only 59 gallons per hour.
SuperJet International – the joint venture between Alenia Aeronautica and
Sukhoi Holding – has signed an order for two Sukhoi Business Jet (SBJ)
aircraft with two options from Swiss charter operator Comlux.
Comlux thus becomes the launch customer for the new VIP aircraft, based
on the Sukhoi Superjet (SSJ) 100 airliner.
Delivery of the two SBJs is planned for 2014. Including the options, the
order has an estimated value of US$200 million. The VIP cabin interior
will be designed and installed by Comlux America, the Comlux Group’s
completion centre, based in Indianapolis. Comlux America thus becomes the
first approved SBJ completion centre.
The VIP jet offers a cabin volume of 118 cubic metres (4,192 cubic feet),
and a range of approximately 4,300 nautical miles (8000 km), thanks
to additional fuel tanks. The launch of the VIP model comes just four
months after the successful entry-into-service of the SSJ100 in April.
“This order launches successfully the Sukhoi Business jet programme, which
will become in the near future a new player in the wide-cabin VIP aircraft
segment,” says Carlo Logli, chief executive officer of SuperJet International.
“Comlux has gained its reputation in the worldwide business aviation
market by offering a unique one-stop-shop solution for the widest range
of wide-cabin VIP aircraft,” says Richard Gaona, president of the charter
operator. “We are convinced that the SBJ, equipped with the latest fly-by-
wire technology and integrated modular avionics, will deliver the efficiency
and the reliability that our VIP customers are looking for.”
Today, Comlux has a fleet of 19 aircraft in service, including: one
Boeing 767BBJ, two Airbus ACJ318s, two ACJ319s, one ACJ320,
four Bombardier Global Express jets, three Global 5000s, three Challenger
605s, two Challenger 850s and one Dassault Falcon 900LX. The company
has eight aircraft on order or in completion, including: one Airbus ACJ319,
two Bombardier Global 6000s, two Global 7000s and three Embraer
Superjet launches Sukhoi Business Jet with Comlux order
Eclipse emerges from the shadows with new 550
The Eclipse 550 uses the same airframe and engines as the earlier EA-500 jet.
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