Eclipse 500 Jet

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Eclipse 500 Jet
Description:  The Eclipse Aviation 500 Jet is a Very Light Jet, and became the first of a series of Very Light Jets, or VLJ’s to hit the market.  The aircraft first was delivered to it’s customers in 2006.  Eclipse Aviation filed for bankruptcy in 2009, and stop production of the Eclipse Jet in late 2008.  The Eclipse 500 was originally modeled after the Williams V-Jet II, which was designed and built in 1997.  The Eclipse 500 features a glass cockpit with which is called the Avio NG system.  The Eclipse 500 was given an airframe life of 10,000 hours, 10,000 cycles, or 10 years, whichever is to come first. 

ManufacturerEclipse Aviation (USA)

Type: Very Light Jet / Air Taxi / Corporate Jet Aircraft

Cost: $2.15 Million dollars USD


Operators: DayJet (Defunct), Linear Air, North American Jet Charter, Our Plane, Rocky Mountain Sports Jet, Sky World Aviation

Original cockpit layout of prototype aircraft
Engine inlet, with inset to show relative size of this small turbofan engine
Data from Eclipse Aerospace
General characteristics
Crew: one or two pilots
Capacity: 4 to 5 passengers
Length: 33 ft 1 in (10.1 m)
Wingspan: 37 ft 3 in (11.4 m)
Height: 11 ft 0 in (3.4 m)
Empty weight: 3,550 lb (1,610 kg)
Loaded weight: 5,520 lb (2,504 kg)
Useful load: 2,400 lb (1,089 kg)
Max takeoff weight: 5,950 lb (2,699 kg)
Powerplant: 2× Pratt & Whitney Canada PW610F turbofan engines, 900 lbf (4 kN flat-rated to > ISA+10C) each
Maximum speed: 370 knots (425 mph, 685 km/h)
Stall speed: 69 knots (79 mph, 128 km/h) in landing configuration
Range: 1,125 nm (1,295 mi, 2,084 km)
Service ceiling: 41,000 ft (12,500 m)
Rate of climb: 3,424 ft / min (1,044 m / min)
Takeoff distance: 2,345 ft (715 m)
Landing distance: 2,250 ft (686 m)
Avio Next Generation (aka Avio NG)
Displays: Two 768 x 1024 resolution PFD displays and One 1440 x 900 resolution MFD display