Sunday, September 24, 2006

F & R ?

www.flightaware.com is showing 20 flights on N505EA since September 15. Four sorties on the 15th, five on the 16th and the fourth flight of today is en route to Lubbock as of "post time."

As written previously, Functional and Reliability testing is usually the last major task prior to final certification.

According to FAR 21.35 Paragraph(f)(1) & (2), applicants using an engine not previously used in a certified airplane must log 300 hours. If the engine has been used in a previously certified airplane the requirement is halved to 150 hours.

Unless Vern could somehow convince the FAA the Pratt 610F is the same as a 615F, they would need 300 hours of flight testing.

Flights to date are to airports in California, Texas, Colorado and Arizona...around two hours in duration. Cruise speeds are quite slow since they are trying to log time, not miles.


5 comments:

flight guy said...

The number of flights that are occurring is what I would expect for F&R testing.

What was the spec'd time to climb for 41k ft? It looks like their in the 40 minute ballpark to climb direct.

Eclipse Insider said...

Eclipse is finishing F&R as we speak. In fact, they just had an all hands celebration at the ABQ Convention Center this past Saturday for the TC. It was kind of amusing to see all the “we did it” and “FAA Certified” posters plastered around the room considering they’re not done yet. However, according to Vern, they have ~40 flight hours remaining before they can officially pop the cork. They are also planning the same celebration this Saturday for all their customers and major investors. I think that group would be a little less forgiving if they don’t get it done and still have a party.

flight guy said...

Good insider scoop!!!

Stan Blankenship said...

flight guy,

As I recall, the original numbers with the Pratt engine was 19 min to 35,000 ft.

Today's Lubbock to Albuquerque flight took 25 min to FL 350.

Would be nice to know the takeoff weight.

Insider,

Thanks for the insight!

Do you think Vern will invite me to the party next Saturday?

Bambazonke said...

Stan, I think that you are right on with all you comments. The best thing for aviation now is for Eclipse to get a certification on their toy and let the aviation community see what this 'shifting paradigm of aviatio' can actually do.

Rayburn is going to go down as either the doyen of Very Light Jet Aviation or known as the manufacturer of the Very Lousy Jet, I am inclined to think that he is going to be known by the latter.