From the poetic pen of black tulip
The enduring faith of Eclipse Aircraft supporters warrants more examination. If the face of multiple setbacks and a shadowy future, the faithful labor on - arduous workers toiling in the vineyard of aviation.
Is this a business, a religion or a cult? Don't dismiss the thought, as it could have significant financial implications. Religious organizations don't pay taxes. When the income comes rolling in - four hundred planes this year, a thousand next - then profits will eventually offset the massive billion-dollar tax loss carryforward.
Why pay taxes when the Eclipse story has all the makings of a religious organization - belief in the supernatural, an enduring faith in the face of adversity, the ability to weather persecution, a willingness to proselytize the infidels and messianic belief that 'depositor' equals 'owner.' Many are willing to forego the pleasures of earth (owning a nice airplane now) on the promise of aviation nirvana... a little jet so sublime and sweet that will force the great unwashed to their unclad knees.
Father Vern should reorganize Eclipse as a religion, eliminating the corporate tax burden and making deposits and payments charitable deductions.
Thus the story of the church will be told in a new context: "How do you tell when it is midnight in the chancery? (read hangar) "When the big hand touches the little hand."
May we hear from the altar boys on the blog?