Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Eclipse Is Pleased With Jet's Flights.(Final)

Byline: Aaron Baca Journal Staff Writer

Plane Has Logged Five Hours Plus

Eclipse Aviation's twin-engine jet, grounded for nine months because of engine problems, has completed its first full week of flight tests, the company said Thursday.

The airplane, the Eclipse 500, completed more than six flights totaling more than five hours as of Thursday, said Vern Raburn, Eclipse founder and president.

"I think this proves the airplane is exactly what we said it is and that this company is capable of doing what we said we could," Raburn said, adding, "It's been a really good week."

Raburn said the company has been eager to conduct tests now that the plane is flying again. …

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