Eclipse 500 Receives Flight Into Known Icing Certification

© Eclipse Aviation Corporation, 2008

Eclipse Aviation, manufacturer of the world's first very light jet (VLJ), recently announced that the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has granted Flight Into Known Icing (FIKI) certification for the Eclipse 500. With this certification, the Eclipse 500 can now operate in conditions in which ice is known to be present.

© Eclipse Aviation Corporation, 2008

"This certification process is one of the most difficult things to put a new model of aircraft through," said Vern Raburn, president and CEO of Eclipse Aviation. "We've worked through this process for some time, flying the Eclipse 500 in the precise natural icing conditions that the FAA requires. We tested the aircraft in some of the most severe weather conditions we could find, wherever we could find it. By receiving the FAA certification, we proved that the aircraft can withstand known icing conditions in a real-world operating environment with no structural changes required of the airframe," said Raburn.

Source: Eclipse Aviation

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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

You can buy a Cessna C-182 with the Garmin G-1000 that has more functions than the avionics in the Eclipse 500. They must be joking.ALl they had to do was go to Garmin in the first place.I would not spend the money when for a few dollars more you could get a real jet from Cessna like the Mustang that has more avionic functions today than Eclipse will have in 10 years.