Aircraft Review

April 2013 Issue

Eclipse 550: A Jet for a Niche

The 550 is what the original Eclipse was supposed to be. Priced right, it may find takers among buyers looking for speed and economy.

The Eclipse 500 lives at two ends of the same spectrum. At one terminus, it’s the over-sold, overpromised underperformer that traditional jet operators love to hate. At the other, it’s a nifty little high-tech jewel that a small cadre of owners rave about. Somewhere in the vast gulf between, the new Eclipse Aerospace hopes to mine some jet sales.

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