Eclipse in the News

Crossing the Threshold
AOPA, by Thomas Haines

The 550 moves Eclipse from curiosity to contender

The U.S. Army marketing slogan "Be all you can be" kept rolling around in my head as I learned more about the Eclipse 550. The flight from Charleston, South Carolina, would be my first in the new model, an upgrade from the Eclipse 500, which itself had several versions of varying capabilities during its short production run.

My previous experience, going back to the pre-certification models I flew and getting a type rating in the little jet in 2008, highlighted what the airplane wasn't at the time - all that it could be.

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