Eclipse CEO Blames Supplier for Problems
By Andrew Webb
Eclipse founder and CEO Vern Raburn on Wednesday lashed out at Hampson Aerospace, claiming it supplied poor-quality parts and is a significant contributor to production ramp-up delays that have plagued Eclipse.
Hampson, a U.K.-based company that builds tail sections for Eclipse at a Texas plant, sued the light jet manufacturer in state District Court in Albuquerque on Tuesday for allegedly failing to make required payments.
In a telephone interview while returning from the Dubai Airshow, Raburn told the Journal the problem was caused by Hampson's "lack of performance"— not Eclipse's inability to pay.
"I'm sad that they've chosen to take this approach and play this as a financial issue, when the real issue is they've had pretty horrendous quality problems," he said.
"We've had to spend hours solving their quality problems."
A lawyer representing Hampson said delays were caused not by Hampson but by multiple modification requests made by an "inexperienced" engineering staff at Eclipse.
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