Industry News

October 2000 Issue

How It’ll All Happen

Eclipse CEO Vern Raburn explains how technology, smart management and market timing will make the two-engine personal jet for under a million bucks soar.

[IMGCAP(1)] How are these guys gonna do this? Eclipse CEO Vern Raburn has more than 5000 hours of flight time and has owned 30 aircraft. He joined Microsoft shortly after its start-up and has been a senior exec at both Symantec and Lotus Development. We recently interviewed Raburn seeking more detail on Eclipse’s plans.

You’ve been quoted as saying for the past several decades, the managers in the GA industry have been in zombie mode, with no innovation and no risk taken. But what about recent products such as the Lancair Columbia and the Cirrus SR20?

The industry has been in survival mode, with the exception of avionics. It’s only because of companies like Garmin and...

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