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The interior of Eclipse's microjet. The Eclipse 500 is awaiting certification from the Federal Aviation Administration and initial deliveries are expected this summer. Expected customers include corporate travel, air taxi service and private owners.
Albuquerque, N.M.-based Eclipse says its forthcoming microjet will be able to fly up to 41,000 feet at a speed of 375 knots or 431 miles per hour. The range with four occupants (it can seat up to five people plus a pilot) is 1,395 nautical miles.
The Eclipse 500 has two Pratt & Whitney turbofans, providing 900 pounds of thrust each. That's enough to climb at 888 feet per minute if one engine were to fail. Normal climb rate with both engines functioning is 2,990 feet per minute.