Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Eclipse Takes Test Engines for Spin.(Final)

Byline: Aaron Baca Journal Staff Writer

Jet Firm Says 2nd Flight a Good Start

Eclipse Aviation has taken to the skies again.

On Thursday morning before winds delivered their strongest punch Eclipse Aviation's one and only finished test plane took off for a 26-minute flight south of Albuquerque.

The flight, which is only the second for the test plane, comes months after the plane was grounded with engine problems last year. Successive delays have put production of the Eclipse 500 off its original schedule by more than two years.

Nonetheless, powered by two stand-in Teledyne test flight engines, Eclipse deputy chief test pilot Bob Suter nudged the small Eclipse 500 into the air for a brief flight that took the airplane up to 10,000 feet.

The flight, while brief, was dubbed a success by Eclipse on Thursday afternoon.

"It was a very good flight for us," said Andrew Broom, a company spokesman. …

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