Eclipse Aerospace celebrated the next step in the production of the Eclipse 550 Twin-Engine Jet this week, the most fuel-efficient jet in the world, with the first power up of its two Pratt & Whitney PW610F engines.
Eclipse Aerospace officially restarted the Eclipse Jet aircraft production line last June and aims to launch the Eclipse 550 later this year.
Built upon the same proven airframe as the Eclipse 500 aircraft, the new Eclipse 550 series is enhanced by additional technologies including a dual and redundant integrated flight management system and independent standby displays all powered by advanced microprocessors.
The Eclipse 550 will be powered by the same PW610F turbofan engines as are used in the EA-500, which collectively produce 1,800 lbs. of thrust. This gives the 6,000 lb. Eclipse Jet a maximum cruise speed of 375 knots and a maximum IFR range of 1,300 nm with a 45-minute fuel reserve.
Eclipse 550 customers will also be able to customize their aircraft with new features including auto-throttles, synthetic vision, enhanced vision, satellite phones, custom interiors, and anti-skid brakes.