The Eclipse 400 Jet (popularly known as ECJ) is probably the one which can materialize your dream -“If I were a bird”. This is a personal aircraft, exclusively meant for high-end consumers, who are passionate about sky sports. According to its manufacturers, this is the perfect sport sky car that can realize your dreams. Eclipse 400 Jet resembles one of those luxurious airplanes, which you may have seen in sci-fi Hollywood movies or in the comic books. However, this is not the Avenger’s Quinjet but it is very real, which can be purchased if you are good enough to spend a few million US dollars. Presently, it is under restoration and redesigning, and it is due to be delivered to Tony Starks Wannabes in just in few days after its perfection process.
While it comes to talk about its technical specifications and style, there will be none to doubt about its aesthetic charisma and aristocratic luxury. Its four-seat interior looks more like an expensive sports car than a private aircraft. This air jet was first publicly released on 23 July 2007 at Air Venture, initially with the name Eclipse Concept Jet (ECJ). During its release, the aircraft was to compete with the Diamond D-Jet the Epic Victory, the Piper Jet, and the Cirrus Vision SJ50, in the market of single engine jet. However, the Eclipse 400‘s exclusive design features one engine, four seats and a v-tail, which resembles a Cirrus Jet.
The four-seated model of Eclipse 400 is powered by a single Pratt & Whitney Canada PW610F turbo fan. It was first flown 2 July 2007 for a test drive. Manufactured under complete secrecy at NASA’s Wallops Flight Facility in Virginia by Swift Engineering and Basis, the aircraft had much of its similarity with its larger sibling Eclipse 500.
Eclipse 400, the private aircraft has the speed of 345 kn (639 km/h) at 41,000 ft (12,497 m) with an IFR range of 1,250 nmi (2,315 km). The gross weight of the aircraft is 4,800 lb (2,177 kg) gross weight, which includes 2,480 lb (1,125 kg) empty weight, 2,000 lb (907 kg) useful load and a fuel capacity of 1,261 lb (572 kg).
Regarding the Eclipse 400 aircraft, the CEO Vern Raburn mentioned: “The Eclipse Jet will allow us to obtain real, quantifiable data that looks at this developing category. While today we have no production plans for the ECJ, we are constantly evaluating markets for future Eclipse products…we are anxious to reveal the potential of this emerging category, and out opportunity to add real value to it”