DayJet, the on-demand charter operator that is Eclipse’s biggest customer, hopes to get its first Eclipse 500 in April and start training its pilots.
According to CharterX, a charter industry trade journal, the start-up has received FAA approval for its pilot-training program and just needs airplanes to train them on. Co-founder Ed Iacobucci told CharterX the first four of its 239 Eclipses will be used to get pilots type rated. "After that, as more aircraft are delivered, we'll use those for our customers." Iacobucci said delays in getting the Eclipse to market haven’t shaken his confidence in the airplane. “If we don't get our first couple of aircraft from Eclipse soon, I'll have to change our launch date, again,” he said. “But believe me, I don't think I've been sold down the river. Eclipse has had problems but I know they are being fixed and the aircraft is a good plane. I have every confidence in the product and that it will meet our customer's needs."
CharterX reported this on the 23rd and AVweb re-reported the story today and added the photograph of Ed Iacobucci. The story is in the photograph.
Notice Ed demonstrating the lack of headroom in this tiny jet, plus even big guys with ample girth can be shoe horned into a front seat. When traveling this large, a solo flight by a big guy may also eliminate the need for other ballast. He is also showing the lack of a third AHRS which the airplane will need for Part 135 operation.
Inside sources report the third AHRS to be a real headache for the company. The first panel location failed to provide adequate visibility so a re-design was required.