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ECLIPSE 500

ECLIPSE AVIATION

In August 2002 the EA500 made its first flight using EJ22s, each rated at 770 lbst. However, a few months later Eclipse announced that it was dropping Williams International.

There were several accounts of this development, but then-CEO Raburn said the EJ22 did not provide enough thrust and that “Williams International has not met its contractual obligations.”

In February 2003 Eclipse selected Pratt & Whitney Canada as the new engine supplier. As an interim solution, the company used Teledyne Continental Model 382-10E turbojets to power a test aircraft,which flew 55 flights before the new engines were installed. On 31 December 2004, the EA500 made its first flight with the new PW610F engines.

The Eclipse 500 was FAA certified on 30 September 2006, and the first customer was delivered early January 2007.

Eclipse 500 Characteristics

Manufacturer Eclipse Aviation
TypeVery ligth jet
First flightdecember 2004
Crew1+5
Nb. built200720082009
 9916565

Power plant

EnginePratt & Whitney CanadaPW610F
Count2 
TypeTurbofan 
Max ratings430 kg950 lbs

Dimensions

Span11,35 m37 ft 3 in
Length10,08 m33 fr 1 in
Height3,35 m11 ft
Areas13,38 m²144.5 ft²
Aspect ratio8.88 
Cabin lenth3,76 m12 ft 4 in
Cabin width1,42 m4 ft 8 in
Cabin height1,27 m4 ft 2 in

Weights 

Empty1538 kg3,390 lbs
Useful Load (average)1020,5 kg2,250 lbs
Payload w/full fuel 322 kg710 lb
Fuel capacity870,5 l230 US Gal
Max takeoff weight2558 kg5,640 lb
Max landing weight2431 kg5,360 lb

Performances 

Vne - Max. speedkm/hKts
Vno - Max. speed in operation 694,5 km/h375 Kts
Vs - Stall speedkm/hmph
V2 - Takeoff speedkm/hmph
Vs0 - Landing Speed124 km/h67 Kts
Max. rate of climb15,2 m/s2,990 ft/min
Service ceiling12500 m41,000 ft
Max Range2370 km1,280 nm
Best gliding ratio  
Landing distance622 m2,040 ft
Take off distance715 m2,345 ft
G limitsGSGS