Eclipse Aviation Launches New Single-Engine Jet
The single-jet market got even larger recently when Eclipse Aviation announced plans to bring the new Eclipse 400 single-engine jet to market. Despite heavy competition, the aircraft is still turning heads. It is a production version of the Eclipse Concept Jet that was displayed at EAA AirVenture last year. There is a lot more to this little jet than meets the eye and those acquainted with the data are eager to see this aircraft take to the skies.
Eclipse Aviation has the distinction of being the first company to manufacture a very light jet (VLJ) in the world. Keeping with their tradition of groundbreaking design and top-notch efficiency, the Eclipse 400 is definitely worth taking a second look at. In fact, the Eclipse 400 uses less than one pound of fuel for every nautical mile that it flies after it has reached its cruising speed of 330 knots – a fact which makes it the most fuel-efficient aircraft in the world. This high level of efficiency even has people claiming that it is the most environmentally-friendly aircraft on the market. The jet cruises comfortably at 41 000 feet, which is about three miles higher than most other aircraft in its range. It has room for four people and will also have the most sophisticated flight deck available in general aviation. When you couple the brilliant fuel economy, luxurious comfort, brilliant aircraft integration and flight deck and high cruising ability with the superior handling provided by the Eclipse 400’s V-tail design, you will find that this is truly a rare gem amongst the throngs of single-engine jets that are currently found in the skies.
The Eclipse 400 jet is powered by a Pratt & Whitney Canada PW615F engine and is priced at around $1.35 million. Loyal Eclipse 500 customers will be given first option to place deposits for the new aircraft. They will also be given an exclusive $125 000 discount on the final delivery price if their orders are placed before July 25 this year. Deliveries of this striking new single-engine jet aircraft should start in 2011 and you can be sure that it is a date that Eclipse fans have already marked on their calendars.