The Mustang vs. the Eclipse 500
Cessna put out a slick comparison between the Mustang and the Eclipse.
A copy of the piece can be viewed over at:
There is a big difference in the airplanes...a big difference in the prices.
But another measure is the difference in what a buyer pays for the airplane minus what he can get out of it when it is time to sell.
Cessna airplanes hold their values pretty darn good. Due to inflation, there are probably many examples of Citations being re-sold on the used market for prices higher than their original price tag.
Certainly the early Eclipse buyers hope to mitigate that situation somewhat with their low buy-in cost. But if the company goes belly-up, these airplanes are going to be very difficult to support and virtually worthless.
One last thing I would like to add, Eclipse sees the 500 as a good adjunct for corporate flight operations...the perfect little scooter for short flights, single pilot operation, transporting lower echelon personnel. Don't agree!
If the Director of Corporate Flight Operations has a stable of $5m plus corporate jets, he is not going to try to save the company a half-million on anything marginal. He keeps his job by sticking with risk-free recommendations. You can't put either the Eclipse airplane or the Eclipse company in that category.
The Mustang is a safer bet.