Eclipse 500 aircraft deliveries came to a halt last week.
The FAA data for the last week shows no Eclipse 500 aircraft deliveries.
Eclipse has delivered 19 Eclipse 500 aircraft so far this year.
This is less than half the planned deliveries of 20 per month for Q1.
Gunner, with an EPIC LT due to start building promptly (and interested in people to help out...) says:-
If the recent slowdown in ramp-up continues, my bet is I'll be flying an LT before Ken fires up his Eclipse for the first Solo. I think I put my order in Sept 2007.
Note to new members, Ken Meyer is alleged to have an Eclipse position in the s/n 150 range.
Several sources, who used the blog email (sorry, I just have to plug it again!) firstname.lastname@example.org to contact me, have indicated serious issues around EASA certification for the E500. The principle problems would appear to be with both the untried nature of Friction Stir Welding in this particular application and the stability of the avionics as it relates to the single pilot rating.
We are all aware of the 'fog of war' around AvioNG and Flight Into Known Ice (FIKI) which continues into March 2008!. The Russian 'adventure' has also been the subject of many interesting questions.
So I ask myself, what do the customers, depositors, suppliers and staff at Eclipse make of this?
Are they happy?
I doubt it.
Are they fully informed?
Not if the emails I've seen and posts on this blog are to be believed.
Is the production ramp enough keep the cash rolling in and the show on the road?
Well I'm sorry to have to put it like this, but I know what I think.
And they are not happy thoughts....