The world's most important annual business jet convention is scheduled for October 17-19 in Orlando. The press and participants at the National Business Aircraft Association gathering will be more knowledgeable and professional than the Oshkosh crowd.
For credibility of the Eclipse program, Vern Raburn really needs full type certification and needs to get the performance issues sorted out before making the trip to Florida.
Cruise at 330 knots at 35,000 ft and talk of deliveries with tip tanks to be later replaced with larger ones will not impress the NBAA attendees.
In previous years, Vern got the NBAA's attention with his claim of a million dollar price tag and 1,000 unit per year production rates. He probably won't be making those claims this year.
And if we see him running down the aisles waving his Type Certificate, it will be a real laugh. Welcome to the club, every airplane at NBAA has a TC.
Otherwise, in terms of pecking order, the Eclipse sucks the proverbial hind tit. Boeing Business Jets and G-V's, whose interiors cost more than a new Eclipse, sets the standards here.