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The forthcoming Eclipse 500 very light jet is unusual in that it costs relatively little for a microjet, around $1.5 million for orders placed today. Because jets of a similar size tend to cost about three times as much to buy and operate, the Eclipse microjet is expected to bring down the cost of air taxi service and corporate jet ownership. Plus, unlike many of its rivals, the Eclipse can fly into smaller airports--it's believed to have been the first jet ever to land at San Carlos Airport located just south of San Francisco. San Carlos' runway is 2,600 feet long, and the Eclipse requires just 2,155 feet for takeoff and landing in normal sea level conditions.