Incredibly Efficient. Remarkably Easy to FlyThe Eclipse 500 is a small six-seat business jet aircraft manufactured
by Eclipse Aviation.
Eclipse 500 became the first of a new class of Very Light Jet 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.
Production of the Eclipse 500 was halted in mid-2008 due to lack of funding
and the company entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy on 25 November 2008.
The company then entered Chapter 7 liquidation on 24 February 2009.
After lengthy Chapter 7 procedure, Eclipse Aerospace was confirmed as the
new owner of the assets of the former Eclipse Aviation on 20 August 2009
and opened for business on 1 September 2009.
In October 2011 Eclipse Aerospace announced that they will put a new
version of the aircraft, to be called the Eclipse 550, into production
with deliveries starting in 2013.