Eclipse Aerospace adds anti-skid brakes as option

Eclipse Aerospace has added an Anti-Skid Braking System as a new option for the Eclipse twin-engine jet.

The new Anti-Skid Braking System (ABS) is available as an option on the new production Eclipse 550 jets and will be offered as a retrofit to the existing fleet, company officials said. In-aircraft testing is complete with certification and availability expected within six months.

ABS allows for maximum braking energy and skid control without the need for a conventional hydraulic system, company officials explain.

“Testing of this system has exceeded our expectations, from normal touchdown speeds to a complete stop in less than 750 feet with aggressive braking,” said Cary Winter, SVP of Engineering at Eclipse Aerospace.

The new system will include two brake control valves installed in each wheel well, two axle mounted wheel speed sensors, a computer, and a software update to the jet’s Avio Processing Center software. The total installation weighs approximately 17 pounds.

Eclipse Aerospace will also be offering a weight reduction package that will minimize the weight impact of the ABS installation, company officials said.

The fully certified ABS retrofit installation for the Eclipse Jet will be available in early 2013, with installation on new production Eclipse 550 Jets available at initial deliveries. Based on the performance experienced in testing, Eclipse will seek to adjust the Aircraft Flight Manual performance numbers as appropriate, officials conclude.

For more information: Eclipse.aero

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