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Eclipse Aviation Eclipse 500

 

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The Eclipse 500 was a project that was to build a lightweight, economical, fast jet, for both private and commercial use. The whole project was based primarily on the use of new EJ22 William jet engine.

 

The Eclipse 500 business jet programme was temporarily suspended in 2002 because of problems with the starters and fuel-metering equipment on the aircraft’s compact Williams EJ22 engines. The Eclipse 500 first flew in August 2002 but was grounded since.

 

First flight with Pratt & Whitney Canada PW610F turbofan engines was in December 2004.The Eclipse 500 became the first of a new class of Very Light Jets (VLJ) when the first jet was delivered in late 2006. The engines are in aft fuselage-mounted nacelles.

Production of the Eclipse 500 was halted in mid-2008 due to lack of funding and the company entered bankruptcy.

 

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Engines; 2 Pratt & Whitney Canada PW610F turbofans
Takeoff Thrust at Sea Level ISA+15°C (86°F)  900 lb (each)  4.00 kn (each)
Length 33.5 ft 10.2 m
Wingspan 37.9 ft 11.6 m
Height 11.0 ft 3.4 m
Maximum Ramp weight 6,034 lb / 2,737 kg
Maximum Takeoff weight 6,000 lb / 2,722 kg
Maximum Landing weight 5,600 lb / 2,540 kg
Empty weight 3,634 lb / 1,648 kg
Fuel Capacity 1,698 lb/251 gal / 770 kg/950 l
Useful Load 2,400 lb / 1,089 kg
Sea Level Cabin to; 21,500 ft 6,533 m
Cabin Altitude at 41,000 ft; 8,000 ft 2,438 m
Takeoff Distance Sea Level, ISA to 50 ft (15 m) @ MGTOW 2,345 ft 715 m
Landing Distance Sea Level, ISA @ 4,600-lb (2,087-kg) landing weight 2,250 ft 686 m
Rate of Climb – 2 engines 3,424 ft / min  1,044 m / min
Rate of Climb – 1 engine 989 ft / min 301 m / min
Time to Climb – 35,000 ft (10,688 m) 22 min
Takeoff at 5,000 ft (1,524 m) At ISA + 15°C; 3,881 ft 1,183 m
Single Engine Takeoff Climb at 5,000 ft (1,524 m) At ISA + 15°C; 705 fpm / 215 m / min
Max Cruise Speed; 370 kt / 685 km / hr
Vso; 69 kt / 128 km / hr
Vmo; 285 kt / 528 kph / 0.64 Mach
Maximum Altitude; 41,000 ft / 12,497 m
Single Engine Service Ceiling 25,000 ft / 7,620 m
Range 100 nm alternate; 1,125 nm / 2,084 km
Range - Max IFR 45-min res, 4 POB; 1,300 nm / 2,408 km
Cabin length; 148 in /376 cm
Cabin height (max); 50 in / 127 cm
Cabin width (max); 56 in / 142 cm
Seats 6

 


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