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Eclipse Aerospace to display 550 model at Vegas show

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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — a550Albuquerque’s Eclipse Aerospace announced Tuesday that its first production Eclipse 550 twin-engine jet will be on display at the 2013 National Business Aviation Association Annual Meeting in Las Vegas, Nev., from Oct. 22-24.

“I am very proud of the Eclipse team,” Eclipse CEO Mason Holland said in a statement. “Every associate has contributed greatly to bringing this incredible aircraft back into production. This really is an amazing accomplishment, and a first in the aviation arena.

“In just four short years we have returned Eclipse to being a successful aircraft manufacturing company,” he said.

The Eclipse 550 builds upon a proven and reliable airframe with an increased range of safety and sophistication to the cockpit and improved comfort to the cabin, the company said in a news release.

The jet has as standard equipment: dual WAAS (LPV) GPS receivers, XM weather, Anti-Skid brakes, Jeppesen tall approach plates, a dual and redundant channel FMS, and a new Independent Standby Display.

The company said it also offers additional options such as Synthetic Vision and Enhanced Vision to provide an unprecedented level of situational awareness for the pilot, while its Auto Throttles — an industry first in the light jet market — can reduce pilot workload.

Two Pratt & Whitney Canada P610F jet engines power the Eclipse 550, giving it the ability to fly to altitudes of up to 41,000 feet at a max cruise of 430 mph, all while consuming just 59 gallons of fuel per hour, the company said.

The Eclipse 550, designed to be flown single pilot, can be equipped with six forward-facing seats and includes a three-year ‘tip-to-tail’ warranty.

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