With its Eclipse 500 fully certified now, Eclipse Aviation is wasting no time.
Eclipse received its FAA Repair Station certification Oct. 3, two days after receiving type certification.
Repair Station certification means that the Eclipse service center program has met FAA aircraft repair and maintenance regulations, so the company now can lead repair and maintenance of any Eclipse 500 with a standard airworthiness certificate.
The following day, ground was broken for the first Eclipse service center, at Albany, N.Y.
It will be one of seven centers in the U.S. Other cities include Albuquerque, N.M., where Eclipse is headquartered, and Gainesville, Fla. The company also plans service centers in the Chicago area, Van Nuys and Hayward, Calif., and southern Florida.
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