Random Thoughts From Niner Zulu
Random thoughts were going through my head as I was reading through the blog tonight. I thought I'd just write them down for fun, in no particular order.
One was that I really don't know exactly WHAT the "disruptive technology" is that Eclipse is supposed to have. What does it have that other planes don't that is really going to make my life as a pilot more enjoyable?
I couldn't find anything in the AvioNG that was particularly great. The weight & balance feature is interesting but I know how my plane performs at maximum gross weight and I know what I carry so it's just fluff and one more thing to break as far as I'm concerned. I can ballpark my W&B faster than inputting the data to any computer. It's not 100% accurate, but 90% so who cares? My plane doesn't.
The PFD on the AvioNG doesn't appear to do any more than the Avidyne Entegra in my Mirage. And climate control? More fluff - just give me hot or or cold and let me control fan speed.
Given the choice, I would prefer that Eclipse install a Garmin 1000 panel in my plane. Having a reliable product backed by a solid company would give me more comfort than anything Eclipse is going to invent. And talk about reinventing the wheel - Eclipse thinks that not only can they build a better jet than anyone else, they can also build better avionics than anyone else. Autopilot, transponders, radar, stormscope, GPS, traffic - all brought to you by the same company that screwed up so bad they had to add tip tanks, and it took them a few tries to get the tip tanks right. Yikes!!
I'd give up the nifty little breakable keyboard on the Eclipse for a nice traditional yoke. I like to fly by hand, and I like to use my right hand. Maybe my right knee. (Try doing that in an Eclipse! ) I like traditional flap handles with indicators, and 3 nice bright green lights showing me that my gear are down. Where is the progress, when some of the items so critical to safety and can be operated by feel are taken away and replaced by pictures on a computer screen?
Someone made some great points about lack of FIKI certification earlier. The only thing I can add is that not having it is absurd! What - it will be available next year? I'd be calling my lawyer if I were one of the faithful. For me and where I fly the Eclipse would be useless without it.
Last thing is I wonder how much Eclipse is spending on advertising. They are advertising everywhere, and for what? Jets that won't be available for 3-4 years at best? One more reason that the faithful should be pissed off, IMHO. That money could be spent finishing the aircraft for current customers.
Thanks 9Z, happy to see the blog talking about the airplane again.