ECLIPSE POWERS ON WITH PUTIN
Rumours of Russian factory for VLJ manufacturer
We’ve been hearing a lot about Eclipse Aviation lately. First a press release to say it will easily survive the demise of DayJet, its largest customer for Eclipse 500 VLJs, then reports of opinions voiced in Congress that the FAA has been overly lenient and perhaps a bit rushed in certifying the 500. However, the biggest and most impressive news is of a factory in Russia to assemble the Eclipse 500. The chair of the State Bank’s supervisory board, which approved the deal, is none other that Vladimir Putin, so it seems safe to predict that it will go ahead. Production will begin in 2010.