The blog's a year and a half old
With 165 posts and over 14,000 comments, there is really not much new to cover that has not been hashed and re-hashed on this board.
Yet questions certainly remain. What's going on in ABQ? How many airplanes are getting their C of A's? How many are being delivered? Why is there such a lag in getting deliveries and C of A information posted to the FAA site? How many pilots are being trained? How many units are on lease back to the company? How many units are in the hands of owners and being used in a practical manner? What are the post aero-mod empty weights and CG locations? What is the plan for the next round of financing which most admit will surely be needed? Excluding the DayJet options, what is the true picture of the order backlog? When will AvioNG be certified?
My expectations were that a clearer picture would emerge after NBAA. In fact, the picture seems cloudier. Since July, Eclipse has only issued two press releases, one in August on the auction and one in September on the opening of the Double Eagle Training facility. And other than telling the world he has a 'green' airplane, Vern did not say much else at NBAA, even refused to make any future predictions.
In the Eclipse glory days, nearly everything written about the program would get re-posted on the Eclipse web site. Now that the press has caught on, and more critical articles are being written, Eclipse is no longer quick to repeat what is being said. The latest article Eclipse wanted to preserve for posterity has an August dateline.
Even Mike Press has found a way to avoid writing about questionable issues in ABQ, find an impressionable owner-pilot, give him a ride in the left seat and presto, his monthly column is written by a surrogate.