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Eclipse wing passes flight testEclipse wing passes flight test

The wings of the forthcoming Eclipse EA700 jet (formerly known as “Project Canada”) from One Aviation made a successful first flight attached to an Eclipse 550, the company announced Sept. 1.

One Aviation mounted the wings of the Eclipse 700 now in development on an Eclipse 550 for testing, the company announced. Photo courtesy of One Aviation.

Chief Test Pilot Jerry Chambers evaluated the aircraft handling qualities and transitions between configurations during a 90-minute sortie with a maximum altitude of 15,000 feet, and reported the aircraft felt “very solid,” the company said in a news release.

One Aviation announced the new Eclipse model in 2016, and followed up in June with word that the new model will be powered by Williams International’s FJ33-5A-12 turbofans that will improve performance. The company aims to give the EA700 a maximum-cruise-speed range of more than 1,470 nautical miles with a 100-nm reserve, and the capability to climb direct to 43,000 feet msl.

One Aviation expects to certify the new Eclipse EA700 in 2018, with a price tag (announced in 2016) initially set at $3.5 million, compared to $3.3 million for an EA550 with typical equipment. The EA700 will retain the EA550 fuselage, with a 4-foot increase in wingspan and adjustments to the airfoil shape and inboard planform. The test aircraft flew without the wingtips that engineers plan to add to the EA700.

“This is a key milestone in the path to making a very good airplane a great airplane,” said One Aviation CEO Alan Klapmeier, in a news release, adding that the “team has worked hard to achieve this key milestone for the EA700 proof-of-concept wing.”

Jim Moore

Jim Moore

Editor-Web
Editor-Web Jim Moore joined AOPA in 2011 and is an instrument-rated private pilot who enjoys competition aerobatics.
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