Progress is undeniable, and the ground breaking Eclipse Very Light Jets are changing the current expectations and shape of the private jet industry.
Their unique efficiency and performance abilities have made them some of the most highly demanded jets in the industry. So much in fact that the United States Airforce has submitted a substantial order for a brand new Very Light Jet Fleet.
On January 7, 2013 Eclipse Aerospace responded to a request from the USAF to support their Specialized Undergraduate Pilot Training program (aka SUPT). The USAF currently uses an expensive and increasingly outdated fleet of business jets. Though the 20 year old fleet still meets the criteria required by the syllabus it is becoming increasingly problematic, and not to say expensive to maintain.
It is for this reason that they are exploring the exciting opportunities offered by Eclipse Aerospace. Following several meetings with top USAF leaders, Eclipse is confident hat they can provide them with a solution that will save them millions of dollars in the next ten years.
Not only will the United Sates Airforce benefit from the stunning efficiency of the Eclipse jets, they will also upgrade the fleet in terms of technological advancement. In figures the Eclipse Jet is 70 percent more efficient and 70 percent less costly than the current fleet.
The Air Force is currently the greatest consumer of jet fuel in the United States, the association with Eclipse could decrease the expenditure on jet fuel by as much as 500 million US dollars.
However, the Eclipse Jet offers many new exciting opportunities for private individual as well. It is significantly more affordable than many of the private jets on the market but just as luxurious. The carefully designed interiors still offer ample enough space to fit plush and spacious chairs. It requires relatively little maintenance and owners have praised them for their durability and quality of build.
Eclipse Aerospace headquarters are located in Charleston, South Carolina, while the principal operations can be found in Albuquerque, New Mexico and Chicago, Illinois. They are dedicated to providing the optimum service and quality to their customers and future owners.
They provide all the necessary engineering maintenance, service and support to the existing fleet of 260 Eclipse 500 Twin Engine Jet aircrafts. This unique craft has quickly become one of the most popular, if not the most popular jet in its category. The future seems bright for this daring and innovative new breed of jets.
Text by Sean Hagerty