November 21, 2008
By Alton K. Marsh
Finally, good news for Eclipse.
Two recent certifications place Eclipse Aviation in a position to succeed once an additional cash infusion of $200 million to $300 million is found.
First, European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) certified the Eclipse 500 in 37 European countries. EASA certification is the European equivalent of FAA type certification and permits registration of the Eclipse 500 in any of the countries.
In addition, Eclipse received FAA certification for an upgraded Avio NG avionics system featuring dual Garmin GPS 400W units.
“The inclusion of Garmin units into [the] Avio NG offers state-of-the-art GPS navigation and situational awareness features to Eclipse 500 operators,” said Roel Pieper, CEO of Eclipse Aviation. “When coupled with FIKI (Flight Into Known Icing) certification, receiving certification for the upgraded Avio NG suite paved the way to certifying the aircraft for European operations.”
“Obtaining EASA certification is one of Eclipse Aviation’s greatest accomplishments,” said Pieper. “With the additional FAA approval for Avio NG 1.5, EASA certification enhances Eclipse’s capacity to spread the global reach and impact of the Eclipse 500, and we expect many new orders from all over Europe, Russia, and Turkey to follow.”
A small team of specialists at NASA’s Langley Research Center has taken to the skies in a Falcon jet hunting bugs.
It takes off and lands like a helicopter, cruises like an airplane, and autorotates like an autogyro.
Conditions were just right, so Jaap Rademaker decided to go for it: With cameras rolling, he set up for the approach to the deck of a cargo ship.
AOPA thanks our members for their continued support in protecting the freedom to fly.