Compare the fixed costs, variable cost, and performance of One Aviation Eclipse 500 to over 500 jets, turboprops, helicopters and piston aircraft, with accurate data from Conklin & de Decker.
The Eclipse 500 defined the very light jet class of aircraft.
In July 2002, the prototype rolled out of the Albuquerque, NM, facility and the first flight took place in August. Two Pratt and Whitney PW610F engines, producing 900 pounds of thrust each, power this five-passenger light jet. The airframe is built using the revolutionary friction stir welding process. This process has previously been used in spacecraft and other applications; however, this is the first use in a civil certified aircraft. Type certification was awarded in 2006.
In October 2011, Eclipse Aerospace announced their intention to bring the Eclipse back into production as the Eclipse 550. Supported by a collaboration with Sikorsky Aircraft, the Eclipse 550 aimed to be what the Eclipse 500 always strove to be. It essentially offers the same performance but with fully operational systems, including avionics and de-icing. The Eclipse 550 was granted a production certificate in April 2012.
Pratt & Whitney Canada PW610F-A 2