Vern Raburn has enough hot air to float all the balloons in the Albuquerque Balloon Fest
Don't let the following frivolous comments detract from major issues discussed in the first three posts, especially the April 11 post, but last month Vern went to the European Business Aviation Convention in Geneva, and proclaimed the Eclipse to be an environmentally friendly airplane.
According to Vern, people living near the airports will love the Eclipse, it hardly makes any noise. When your engines only have 900 lbs of thrust you can have a pretty quiet airplane. My wife's vacuum may put out more than 900 lbs of thrust.
And cabin noise lower than the Challenger 604 and Hawker 800. Vern, these are real jets flying at real jet speeds. Noise is energy, it goes up with the square of the velocity. If your airplane was as fast as theirs, it would be noisy. Or slow the 604/800 down to Eclipse speeds and you will find these airplanes to be even quieter.
The Eclipse is going so slow, it hardly qualifies for jet speeds. In fact, your airplane is so slow, it will be a real pain-in-the-ass for Air Traffic Control because the Eclipse can not keep up with the air traffic (mostly regional jets) that use the same airspace above 29,000 feet.
And I have not read where the Eclipse will be doing any bird strike tests. It may not be necessary because this airplane may be most vulnerable by getting struck from behind!