Eclipse 500 business jet
With prices that can run from less than $1 million to slightly more than $2 million, a used Eclipse EA500 can be the best very light jet value on the market. But to determine whether a particular Eclipse is worth what it costs, you need to know which of the myriad available modifications and upgrades have been made to it over the years.
It’s always wise to work with a broker who possesses deep experience in the type of used aircraft you’re chasing, but when you’re shopping for a used Eclipse, it’s essential. Indeed, so many 500s are out there with so many different upgrades that assigning a base resale value to ones from any particular year would be a meaningless exercise. The early models had a variety of problems and deficiencies and you need to see whether they have been addressed through the upgrades that have been offered since Eclipse Aerospace (now One Aviation) purchased the airplane’s original manufacturer out of bankruptcy in 2009.
For those of you not familiar with the story of this airplane, here’s the abridged version. Eclipse Aviation, the airframer that introduced the model, envisioned it in 1998 as a mass-production very light twinjet that would sell for $950,000. But economies of scale never materialized and the company filed for bankruptcy in 2008, after piling up $702 million in debt while producing 260 aircraft, many of which it delivered without the promised avionics and other capabilities, such as certified flight into known icing. The airplane had other problems—notably involving the windshield, paint, air conditioning, cabin, brakes, and tires.
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The ECLIPSE 500 very light jet was a revolutionary Very Light Jets. Offering competitive performance, an innovative avionics system, and a sleek and comfortable design, the "Eclipse 500" was a great buy for smaller-scale, private jet users.
The ECLIPSE 500 very light jet introduced a radically new category called the Very Light Jets (VLJ). The twin-turbofan Private Jet nicely combines reliability, fuel efficiency, and simplicity in a sleek and stylish casing.
The Eclipse 500 became the first of a new class of Very Light Jets when it was delivered in late 2006. The aircraft is powered by two lightweight Pratt & Whitney Canada PW610F turbofan engines in aft fuselage-mounted nacelles. The Eclipse 500 offers a sound-proofed cabin with four leather club style seats, LED lighting, tables and various power outlets. The Eclipse 500 was also one of the first charter aircraft without a bathroom on board.
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