Friday, April 27, 2007

Aerospace Update

Eclipse Receives FAA Production Certification
From Kevin Avila-Robinson at the New Mexico Business Weekly:

Eclipse Aviation Corp. received its production certificate today from the Federal Aviation Administration.

The company had already received "type certification" for its Eclipse 500 jet last September, but until receiving the production certification, the FAA had to examine each individual aircraft before it could be delivered to customers. That greatly impeded the delivery of its jets since last year, with only seven planes handed over to customers since December.

With the production certificate in hand, Eclipse itself can now issue standard airworthiness certificates for planes as they roll off the production line, allowing the company to ramp up deliveries, says Eclipse spokesman Andrew Broom.

"This is a major milestone that we've been working hard to achieve," Broom says. "We're now a production company. We have a new plane going out the door today, and three more in the pre-delivery phase. We're stepping up production and delivery as we speak."

Meanwhile, there are a trio of updates related to Spaceport America and Economic development:

Secretary of Economic Development Rick Homans was named Executive Director of the New Mexico Spaceport Authority
Deputy Secretary of Economic Development, Kelly O'Donnell was named Acting Secretary
and Architectural Firms have been invited to bid on Spaceport America Terminal and Hangar

A lot of positive movement in the past few days!

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