FAA returns Eclipse jets to 41,000 feet
A problem with carbon buildup in the Eclipse Pratt and Whitney PW610F engines has been solved, allowing the jets to return to 41,000 feet. The approval is effective immediately for owners and pilots installing recertified combustion liners in their engines. The problem was seen in a small number of aircraft in recent years, but was serious enough for the FAA to limit operations to 37,000 feet.
“The return to 41,000 feet has been among the most difficult challenges to overcome in our restart program. By completing the combustion liner replacement project, we are officially announcing that the commitments to our existing customers have all been successfully met,” Mason Holland, chairman and CEO of Eclipse Aerospace, said in a news release. “We look forward to continuing to provide service for our customers while advancing innovations for the Eclipse Twin Engine Jet.”
Eclipse Aerospace is planning to return the Eclipse twin-engine jet to production. There are plans to hire 75 new employees.
July 26, 2011