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ECLIPSE AEROSPACE | E550 | ECLIPSE 550 (2014-2017)
BRIEF HISTORY – ECLIPSE 550
The Eclipse 500 is officially known as the Eclipse Aerospace EA500. The Eclipse 500 was the first aircraft to be classified as a Very Light Jet (VLJ). VLJ aircraft are compact, light, and agile. Eclipse 500 deliveries began in 2006 and ended in 2008. Due to a lack of money, deliveries ceased after this two-year period. In November 2008, the firm declared bankruptcy. In those two years they would produce 260 Eclipse 500’s despite only being delivered to customers for two years. A staggering amount considering the product’s brief delivery time frame.Eclipse Aerospace acquired the assets of Eclipse Aviation in August 2009. Following this, Eclipse Aerospace introduced the E550, Eclipse 550, an updated version of the Eclipse 500. The first Eclipse 550 was delivered on October 22, 2013. Eclipse Aviation was acquired by One Aviation from 2015 to 2018. In March 2017 One Aviation announced it would be ending production to focus on the new Eclipse 700 model. In 2021 One Aviation would file for bankruptcy and begin the liquidation process. In late 2021, AML Global Express would purchase for service and support of existing Eclipses.
CABIN COMFORTS – ECLIPSE 550
The Eclipse 550 business jet’s roomy interior can accommodate 5 people in its cabin. It does not have a lavatory on board. It has leather seats, an Iridium phone, onboard oxygen generating systems, LED lighting, a cabin pressurization system, and a cabin entertainment system powered by Wi-Fi. Outfitted with comfortable, supportive chairs on tracks for easy modification. The luggage compartment is behind the main cabin seats and can hold around 4-5 bags, soft-sided is always best. One must conclude that if one wishes to travel in a genuine Very Light Jet, the absence of a toilet is a necessary sacrifice. The majority of the Eclipse’s flights were, on average, between 40 and 80 minutes.
POWER AND PERFORMANCE – ECLIPSE 550
Two PW610F turbofan engines, each rated at 950 lbf of thrust, power the Eclipse 550. Pratt & Whitney Canada designed and built the engines. It has a single-stage high-pressure turbine, a dual-stage compressor, reverse flow combustion, and a Hispano-Suiza FADEC for noise reduction through output speed optimization. The engine inlets contain ice protection for the engine bleed air. The Eclipse 550’s landing gear is tricycle-style, with two main wheels and a steerable nose wheel. The main wheels retract into the wings, while the nose wheel retracts into the fuselage’s front portion.The Eclipse 550 has a top speed of 375 knots. The aircraft’s maximum cruise speed and stall speeds are 375 knots and 69 knots while boasting a range of 1,300 nautical miles. It has a maximum altitude of 41000ft. The aircraft’s take-off and landing distances are under 2,800 feet!
FLIGHT DECK – ECLIPSE 550
The Eclipse 550’s avionics package includes an automated direction finder, a radar altimeter, a storm scope, an attitude and heading reference system, and a system for avoiding traffic collisions. In October 2010, Avio hired Innovative Solutions and Support (ISS) to deliver the dual integrated flight management system (IFMS). The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) issued a supplemental type certificate for the IFMS in March 2011.By functioning as a virtual co-pilot, the IFMS reduces the pilot’s burden. The avionics, engines, fuel systems, flaps, landing gear, cabin pressure, and temperature are all controlled centrally. By utilizing topographical barriers, geopolitical, hydrological, and other database information, the synthetic vision system installed in the aircraft will provide the pilot with a comprehensive picture of the flying circumstances.Additionally, the aircraft features an automatic dependent surveillance-broadcast (ADS-B) system, a wide area augmentation system, an iPad data entry integration system, distance measuring equipment, a global positioning system, terrain awareness, and a warning system, as well as an onboard color weather radar. In August 2013, Eclipse Aerospace won a contract with Curtiss-Wright Controls for the delivery of the Eclipse 550 aircraft’s Aircraft Computer System (ACS). The ACS offers enhanced aircraft system management and monitoring.
CHARTER AN ECLIPSE 550
The Eclipse 550 is a compact but powerful machine. It is a lightning-fast and efficient aircraft capable of transporting 1-3 passengers on short intrastate or regional flights. It’s ideal for a weekend getaway for a small family or quick work trip for an executive. No matter the mission, the Eclipse 550 is ready to exceed your expectations. CharterJets Inc. features the newest and highest safety rated Eclipse 550’s available with a dual pilot crew. Price out your flight today.