The Eclipse 500 became the first of a new class of Very Light Jets (VLJ) when the first jet was delivered in late 2006. The aircraft is powered by two lightweight Pratt & Whitney Canada PW610F turbofan engines in aft fuselage-mounted nacelles.
Production of the Eclipse 500 was halted in mid-2008 due to lack of funding and the company entered bankruptcy.
| ENGINE||2 x 410kg Pratt & Whitney Canada PW610F turbofans|
| Take-off weight||2699 kg||5950 lb|
| Empty weight||1610 kg||3549 lb|
| Wingspan||11.4 m||37 ft 5 in|
| Length||10.1 m||33 ft 2 in|
| Height||3.4 m||11 ft 2 in|
| Max. speed||685 km/h||426 mph|
| Ceiling||12500 m||41000 ft|
| Rate of climb||1044 m/min||3450 ft/min|
| Range||2084 km||1295 miles|
Eclipse has continued development and recently flew a redesigned "Total Eclipse" model, which is slated to enter production as either the Eclipse 550 or the Total Eclipse 550, depending on which name the marketing mavens finally decide on.
|Eric Achen, 16.11.2010|
258 Aircraft produced
Eclipse Aviation was purchased out of bankruptcy by Eclipse Aerospace and is currently servicing the fleet. Financial support recently announced from Sikorsky.
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