Yes, I love when people lose their jobs!
I don't really think this is a good thing and I was never a huge fan of Eclipse. A friend of mine has one and he has been having a lot of trouble getting parts lately. There are about 300 of them flying, so hopefully someone will step in and take over supporting them. There are a lot of airplanes out there right now that need the icing mod and the garmin upgrades. As of right now there are almost no mechanics outside of the service centers that can even change the tires on the airplane, let alone do any major work.
Well obviously, but I think its pretty uncool to be happy about a place like that shutting down.I think some of us realized that this little VLJ market "boom" really wasn't going to go as far as the marketing had made it out to seem. As such, some will fail, and some will succeed.
Eclipse, imho, was destined to fail.
They were intended to be mass produced.Didn't the Beech Starship also "fail", or were those never intended to be mass produced?
... part 23.Sorry, but the thing has limited range when full of gas + people and the aquisition costs just didn't make sense when compared to a refurbed King Air, or even a CE-550. Oh, and don't forget the potential fraud that is being investigated with regards to the FAA part 25 certification process. It wouldn't suprise me to see the rest of the VLJ entries thinned out here sooner or later.
I'll tell you what I told the other guy on this thread.I like the Eclipse!!! and I don't think it is a good thing more factory workers, salesman, designers, pilots are loosing their jobs over this.
You can say that for any aircraft for that matter. The airplane is not unsafe. none of this hearsay about how you heard or think the airplane is dangerous. If you operate it within the limitations the airplane works like a dream. It's just a matter of Eclipse getting their junk together and making it work like they said they wanted it to (ie icing/avionics). As for the future of the airframe I'm hoping it gets sold to some larger company not in the running for VLJ's yet (I'm crossing my fingers for Bombardier), so the network and experience will be greater for future eclipses. Don't get me wrong I'm not defending the Eclipse, but I'm not jumping on the bandwagon saying it's the worlds most dangerous plane built out of paper mache.I'll tell you what I told the other guy on this thread.
sooner than plant is shut down the less people die in those aircraft.