The Eclipse in Perspective
My real point is not how great the TBM is but that e-clips has not created anything revolutionary. There are already similar products in the market price. All they have done is sacrificed range, payload, and size for two jet engines which gives them an advantage on speed, altitude, and jet prestige. That is important to some people but not all.
Here's another example of how the e-clips has not created a "revolutionary" product. The Piper Meridian is priced the same as the e-clips I just built ($1,943,629) and carries about the same payload with full fuel (556 lbs) and goes about the same distance (1000nm). It also has an advanced cockpit that is fully functional and certified, is FIKI certified, and has been available for the last 7 years. The only advantages e-clips has over the Meridian is that it has jet 2 engines, goes faster, and flies higher. But it does this by sacrificing cabin size and efficiency (E-clips and Meridian have about the same range but the Meridian only holds 170 gallons vs. 251 in the e-clips). Piper sells around 50 of them per year. Why does e-clips think that the market is 500+ per year? What happens to e-clips if they are wrong? Do they fail and the plane ends up like the starship? Or do they raise the price and face even more competition?
A lot of owner pilots who never thought they could afford a jet have jet fever based on unrealistic initial promises made by e-clips. Had e-clips produced what they originally stated they would have created a truly revolutionary product. I probably would have lost a lot of money on my plane but would have bought one myself and been very happy. The reason there is an e-clips critic site is because their statements and assumptions were so outlandish that people with real aviation and jet experience questioned it. You don't see a Honda, cessna, piper jet critic site because these manufacturers never made outlandish claims. Now that we are approaching the finish line, I see nothing revolutionary, amazing, or truly beneficial to the e-clips jet. If I really needed a jet, and couldn't stand the idea of propellers, I could only afford to spend $2M, I would buy a used CJ instead of an e-clips.
The fact is there are a lot of buyers out there like me who can afford a jet today but choose a turboprop instead for a variety of reasons. They make sense. I don't see that changing.