Eclipse gains new life

written by australianaviation.com.au | April 1, 2010
Eclipse 500 reborn?
Eclipse 500 reborn?

The EA500 Eclipse has received a new lease on life with Eclipse Aerospace launching a retrofit upgrade for  the very light jet.

Named the Total Eclipse, the upgrade is designed to fix a number of issues with EA500s. The aircraft will be certified for flight into known icing condition, a service ceiling of 41,000ft, and a 20,000 cycle airframe. The aircraft will also feature new systems including a Jeppesen eChart system and on board colour radar. The list price for the Total Eclipse is US$2.15m (A$2.35m).

Eclipse Aerospace is also investigating restarting production of the EA500, which it has been supporting since it took over a number of assets from bankrupt Eclipse Aviation in 2009.

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  • Bill

    says:

    It was mentiond earlier in this piece by, Air Marshal Mel Hupfeld, that the FA-18 Hornet replaced the Mirage fighters. I thought the F-111 ‘Ardvark’ replaced the Mirage jets around 1967 till 1999 such as the Raaf 6th squadron. If my memory serves me correct the aircraft served our country well until they were superseded by the Hornets, which by the way are an exceptional fighter also.

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