Sales professionals from more than 30 countries who attended the first International Eclipse Dealer and Sales Conference on May 31 may have noticed a not-so-subtle change to the buildings that house Eclipse Aerospace at the Albuquerque, N.M. International Sunport. Before the meeting, Eclipse CEO Mason Holland arranged for bucket loads of blue paint to be delivered to the company’s facilities, and painters quickly erased the bright orange that had been the hallmark of the old Eclipse Aviation and dabbed on the blue that is the color of Eclipse Aerospace.
Very light jets
Embraer’s Phenom 300 received Transport Canada type certification earlier this week. The Phenom 300, which received its initial certification by U.S. and Brazilian aviation authorities in late 2009, is now approved in more than 40 countries.
On Monday, the FAA presented Embraer with a production certificate to assemble the Phenom 100 at its Melbourne, Fla. facility. Embraer has delivered five U.S.-assembled Phenom 100s since the first one came off the line in December. In total, the company plans to deliver 23 U.S.-assembled Phenom 100s this year. Embraer will also start production of Phenom 300s in August at the Melbourne facility, with 38 U.S.-assembled Phenom 100s and 15 Phenom 300s expected next year.
The FAA has presented Embraer with a production certificate to assemble the Phenom 100 at its Melbourne, Fla. facility. Previously, Phenom jets assembled in Melbourne were certified under the FAA type certificate granted to those produced in Brazil.
Eclipse Aerospace launched production of the Model 550 twin-engine very light jet on Friday in conjunction with its first international Eclipse dealer and sales conference, which was attended by dealers from more than 30 countries. During the meeting at Eclipse’s Albuquerque, N.M. headquarters, technicians mated the forward keel to the fuselage of 550 Serial Number 1001, which will be delivered to a customer next year.
Despite a halt in production of nearly four years and the bankruptcy of its original developer, the fleet of Eclipse very light jets could soon grow again after Eclipse Aerospace was awarded a production certificate from the FAA.
The HondaJet fuselage displayed this week at EBACE was a production article with the production interior and cockpit. Some changes are evident in the fuselage, notably the removal of flip-down displays above each passenger seat.
Three years after entering service, Embraer Executive Jets’ Phenom 100 has surpassed 100,000 total flight hours. “This is a significant milestone achieved in such a short time,” said Luciano Castro, vice president of programs, Embraer Executive Jets.
GE Aviation (Stand 1143) is here promoting its 800-hp H80 turboprop engine, which was certificated by the U.S. Federal Aviation Adminstration in March and already has several applications. Meanwhile, the HF120 turbofan program–for the HondaJet–has progressed slowly.
Honda Aircraft president and CEO Michimasa Fujino announced recent certification milestones for the company’s HondaJet today at EBACE, while unveiling new enhancements for the light jet’s avionics and cabin management system (CMS).