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.
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 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.”