Eclipse Delivers 3 more
Date: Apr 20, 2007 7:27 PM
Today, I spoke with an owner who took delivery this week of his Eclipse. Boy was he excited! I could barely get my questions in. But I did manage to find out these things from him that shed a lot of light on the status of the Eclipse program:
1. For his acceptance flight, they went up to FL410--no special arrangements needed because, according to him, the plane is RVSM approved and the Eclipse pilots all are. The RVSM issue is now resolved.
2. The GPS-based pseudo-DME works fine. The DME issue is now resolved.
3. They verified his plane beat spec for high speed cruise. It did 360 KTAS (I don't know what altitude that was at, but it was likely somewhere around FL350). Book for the his pre-aeromod plane at midweight at FL350 is 354 KTAS. The aerodynamic modifications will add about 15 knots to that.
4. He starts his training Monday morning. The first batch of pilot customers should have completed their training this week and another batch starts Monday.
5. He said there were three deliveries this week. Another is slated for delivery Monday, and there should be others delivered next week as well. He sounded very upbeat, and his enthusiasm seemed well-founded to me. The company still has some hurdles to overcome--the pitot problem obviously needs rapid resolution for instance. But his report suggests that the issues with the Eclipse are indeed getting ironed-out nicely, planes are indeed being delivered, the performance numbers are being met, and pilots are getting trained.