Jet Eclipse 500
Jet Eclipse 500. Photo. Salon. Characteristics.

Jet Eclipse 500


The six-seater small business jet Eclipse 500 (EA500) is a further development of the experimental WilliamsVJetII, built and designed in 1997 by the company Scaled Composites, commissioned by WilliamsInternational, to test the new TRDDFJX2. The plane with the new engine made the first flight in 1997 year on the aviation show of the Association of Experimental Aviation (Oshkosh.). The aircraft, equipped with a V-tail and a swept-wing, was completely made of composite materials. The new machine eventually aroused so much interest that for the implementation of the promising program in 1998, the company "Eclipse Aviation" was created.


Jet Eclipse 500 photo salon

Jet Eclipse 500 photo salon


As a result, the fuselage was redesigned, which is why it became all-metal; the tail T-tail and the straight wing were mounted. They were able to introduce the latest technologies into the fuselage production process, automating it as much as possible. The Eclipse500 was designed for two Williams International EJ22 engines (a serial version of the FJ22 / FJX-2 turbojet engine), but its flight data (first flight - 26.08.2002/610/31.12.2004) turned out to be unsatisfactory in this form, which caused the installation of two PWXNUMXF engines on the aircraft. A prototype powered by Pratt & Whitney engines made its maiden flight on XNUMX.

The type certificate for the Eclipse500 was received on July 27.07.2006, 610, after the PWXNUMXF engine was certified. The aircraft did not pass full certification, since the tanks at the ends of the wing, which are made of composites, do not guarantee safety in the event of lightning striking the aircraft. Eclipse made new aluminum tanks and organized preparations for mass production of the aircraft.


Jet Eclipse 500 cockpit

Jet Eclipse 500 cockpit


However, the frontal resistance of the fuselage was more than calculated, because the company "Eclipse" plans to upgrade the design to increase the range and speed of flight. The update applies to all aircraft, including those built earlier. "Eclipse" announced plans to receive orders more than 2500 aircraft and expects to deliver ten vehicles by the end of 2006, and with 2008 to produce four planes a day. Actually, by the end of 2006 it turned out to put only one Eclipse500, and in the middle of 2008 release was stopped due to lack of finance. In November, 2008 "Eclipse" was declared bankrupt, and in February 2009 was liquidated. In September 2009 owners of "Eclipse" organized the company EAI, which is engaged in technical support of the previously supplied Eclipse500 aircraft, the resumption of mass production is not ruled out.


The characteristics of the aircraft Eclipse 500:


  • Range: 2048km 

  • Cruising speed: 685km / hour

  • The highest altitude: 12497m 

  • The highest take-off weight: 2719kg 

  • The greatest number of passengers: 3-6 

  • interior length: 3.76m 

  • The width of the passenger compartment: 1.42m 

  • Cabin height: 1.31m 

  • The volume of the passenger compartment: 4.50kub.m 

  • Length: 10.20m 

  • Height: 3.40m  

  • Wingspan: 11.60 


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