Eclipse Aerospace began laying off workers Friday, Aug. 15, at its Albuquerque production facility, service center and headquarters in response to lagging demand for its twin-engined very light jet, according to a report from the Albquerque Journal. Company official Ed Lundeen is quoted in the article, noting the layoffs were “strictly a function of the economy. Our reduction in workforce is the result of market conditions where general aviation has not recovered as quickly as other parts of the economy. To that effect, we have put in place a restructuring of our business to reduce costs but continue our operations.”
Mason Holland, CEO & Chairman at Eclipse Aerospace, will be the featured guest speaker at the regular bi–monthly meeting of the Atlanta Aero Club Aug. 21.
Pratt & Whitney Canada’s (P&WC) PW610F engine has been selected by Eclipse Aerospace to power the next-generation Eclipse 550 twin-engine business jet.
An anonymous patron, deeply touched by the compassionate and unparalleled selflessness of the volunteer aircraft owners and pilots who donate their aircraft and time to transport wounded troops and their families to facilities throughout the country, donated the aircraft, according to Eclipse officials.
During the first International Eclipse Dealer and Sales Conference held this past Friday in Albuquerque, Eclipse Aerospace announced the official launch of initial production of the new model Eclipse 550 twin-engine jet.