Eclipse Takes Flight, Again, With the Eclipse 550 – JSSI agrees to engine and APU coverage for Challenger 850 fleet

Jet Support Services, Inc. (JSSI), the leading provider of hourly cost maintenance programs for the business aviation industry, has agreed to provide Engine and APU Program coverage for VistaJet’s fleet of six Bombardier Challenger 850 aircraft.

“We are proud that VistaJet has once again placed their trust in JSSI, this time extending our program coverage to their Challenger 850 fleet. We greatly value the relationship and strive daily to deliver the same level of quality and service to VistaJet, which they deliver to their customer base,” commented Neil Book. “This agreement comes a year after our record-breaking VistaJet deal to enroll their fleet of 50 newly ordered Bombardier Global aircraft, and we embrace the opportunity to further develop our alliance as they continue to expand their global market presence.”

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Eclipse Takes Flight, Again With the Eclipse 550

Recall the Eclipse 500, the first of a new class of Very Light Jets conceived in the late 1990s? What few people may not realize is there’s a successor to the Eclipse 500 called the Eclipse 550.

Eclipse Takes Flight, Again With the Eclipse 550

Marketing and fund-raising for the project—courtesy of larger-than-life figure Vern Rayburn, a former Microsoft executive—was as brash and colorful as Rayburn himself. I had the opportunity to sit in the left seat and pilot the aircraft on a short orientation flight over the New Mexico desert as production was ramping up.

The pioneering, six-seat aircraft went into production in 2006 but was halted two years later when manufacturer, Eclipse Aviation, ran out of funding and entered Chapter 11 bankruptcy. A Chapter 7 filing and liquidation followed in 2009. Nonetheless, the Eclipse 500 had made a lasting impression and set the stage for similar aircraft that would follow. Example: the hugely successful Embraer Phenom 100.

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