Eclipse Inks Deal On Wing Assembly
On October 6, Eclipse Aviation signed a contract with Fuji Heavy Industries (FHI) of Japan for the manufacture of complete wing assemblies for the Eclipse 500 light jet. As part of the long-term agreement, Eclipse also licensed its friction-stir welding process to FHI for use in the wing assemblies as well as other potential applications within FHI's manufacturing operations. FHI is a global manufacturer of transportation and aerospace-related products and of Subaru automobiles. It manufactures the center wing section of the Boeing 777 and was recently contracted to build components for the Airbus A380 super-large airliner that will carry approximately 600 passengers. The wingsets will be manufactured in Japan and shipped to the Eclipse plant in Albuquerque, N.M., for final assembly. Eclipse officials claim fabricating the wings in Japan will free up more usable space at the Eclipse plant in Albuquerque.