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Eclipse Aviation

Eclipse Aviation was founded by Vern Raburn in Scottsdale, Arizona, in 1998, and in 2000 the headquarters was moved to Albuquerque, N.M.

Construction of the first Eclipse 500 began in 2001.

The Eclipse 500 is flown for the first time on August 26 2002 powered by Williams International EJ22 turbofans.

In 2003 Pratt & Whitney Canada PW610F-A engines were selected to replace the Williams engines and testing of the PW610F engines began in 2004. Assembly of seven test aircraft also began and the first certification flight test aircraft was produced.

After airframe testing, in 2005 the FAA cleared the Eclipse 500 to an initial lifetime of 10,000 hours.

Eclipse Aviation receives full type certification for the Eclipse 500 from the FAA on September 302006. The first production Eclipse 500 receives its Certificate of Airworthiness from the FAA, and the first Eclipse 500 was delivered to a customer.

Eclipse Aviation received its production certificate from the FAA on April 262007. The Eclipse Concept Jet (now the Eclipse 400), a single-engine turbofan powered, V-tail, four-place aircraft is revealed at EAA AirVenture in Wisconsin. Eclipse Aviation opens its Jeff Harbers Customer Training Center at Double Eagle II Airport in Albuquerque, NM, and a service center in Gainesville, FL.

In 2008 Eclipse Aviation became the fastest general aviation jet aircraft manufacturer in history to produce its first 100 airplanes. The company opens a service center at the Albany International Airport in New York. On May 30 2008, Eclipse Aviation started taking orders for the Eclipse 400 single-engine jet, the production version of the Eclipse Concept Jet. Eclipse Aviation founder Vern Raburn steps down as President and CEO. Roel Pieper becomes CEO.


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