FIKI Certification - A Recap
The blog's resident statistician and historian, FlightCenter compiled the following background on the dates Eclipse had scheduled for certification to provide for Flight Into Known Icing conditions:
There have been a number of discussions regarding the expectations Eclipse set for itself in terms of delivering FIKI.
Here is a recap of their FIKI commitments.
In May of 2000, when Eclipse accepted deposits for the first 160 aircraft, FIKI was expected to be included upon initial TC of the aircraft, which at that time was scheduled for Q2 2004.
In February 2003, Eclipse sent a letter resetting expectations after the Williams engine change. The aircraft specifications as detailed in that letter included: 375 kts, 1,280nm range, 2,250 lb. useful load, 26 cubic ft baggage space, full IFR, FMS, Dual GPS, IFR enroute and approach certified, FIKI, 3 axis autopilot and autothrottle. Certification now expected Q2 2006.
In June of 2006, customers received another letter. At that time, Vern promised that Type Certification was only a few weeks away and FIKI was promised by the end of 2006. At that time, expectations were set that the only change required for FIKI would be a delta to the AFM.
That letter included an Eclipse 500 Equipment Availability addendum that set expectations that aircraft delivered after Nov 2006 would be certified with full IFR, FMS, Dual GPS, IFR enroute and approach certified, FIKI, 3 axis autopilot, color radar, and Part 135 Package. Expectations were set that autothrottle, Int’l package, Stormscope, Skywatch, TAWS Class B and radar altimeter would all be retrofittable and available starting March of 2007.
In June of 2007, Eclipse modified the FIKI certification expectations to Dec 2007.
In Sep of 2007, Eclipse modified the FIKI certification expectations to early 2008 and informed customers that FIKI would require aircraft level retrofits for aircraft in the field.
The current commitment from Eclipse is that FIKI will be certified in a few months and that retrofits will be completed within the next twelve months.
FIKI Commit -- Delay
Q2 2004 -- 4 Years for cert + 1 year for retrofit
Q2 2006 -- 2 Years for cert + 1 year for retrofit
Dec 2006 -- 1 ¼ Years for cert + 1 year for retrofit
Dec 2007 -- ¼ Year for cert + 1 year for retrofit
Early 2008 -- TBD
Flightcenter added - The reason this blog exists is because Eclipse has historically set high expectations for themselves, but continues to miss the expectations they've set for themselves by wide margins.