Eclipse Aviation is the manufacturer of the world's first certified very light jet; the Eclipse 500. Eclipse Aviation is in the business of designing, certifying and producing modern, affordable jet aircraft that will revolutionize the transportation market. Eclipse Aviation is applying advanced electronics systems, manufacturing and business practices to produce aircraft that cost less than a third of today's small jet aircraft, will be significantly safer and easier to operate than those of today, and have the lowest cost of ownership ever achieved in a jet aircraft.
For Eclipse Aviation the goal is to bring the word "personal" into aviation, making it possible for commercial air passengers to move directly between cities on a quick, affordable and convenient basis. The Eclipse 500 jet will also allow pilot owners to enter the world of jet-powered aviation.
The Eclipse 500 received its full FAA certification in September of 2006 and already has a backlog of over 2,000 aircraft. A driving force behind the current success of the Eclipse jet is the advent of the air taxi industry, which provides a cost effective business jet charter service from a convenient community airport on a per seat basis. Start-up air taxi companies such as DayJet have already placed significant orders with Eclipse Aviation.
The progress of the Eclipse 500 has already been a huge boost to much anticipated launch of the very light jets aircraft category. Time will tell whether it will have an even greater affect on our commercial aviation system.