Eclipse Breaks Ground On New Factory Service Center

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Eclipse Aviation and the Gainesville-Alachua County Regional Airport Authority in Florida broke ground last week in a ceremony marking the start of construction of an Eclipse Aviation factory service center. When completed, the new facility will be part of a network of seven U.S. installations dedicated to Eclipse 500 maintenance and support. The 61,000-square-foot facility will be complete in early 2007 and will initially house 15 Eclipse employees, with the ability to expand to over 160. The factory service center will consist of 45,000 square feet of hangar space accommodating up to 12 Eclipse 500 aircraft at a time. Additional support areas include a 10,800-square-foot maintenance section and a 5,400-square-foot customer service area. Plans for staffing the service center include multiple shift operations. Eclipse technicians at this facility will be able to accomplish all Eclipse 500 scheduled and unscheduled maintenance, including work on the Pratt & Whitney Canada PW610F engines.

“We are excited to start building our first facility outside Albuquerque. Gainesville and the state of Florida have given tremendous support that will allow us to construct a state-of-the-art factory service center to serve all of our Eclipse 500 customers including DayJet in the southeast United States,” said Eclipse Aviation’s vice president of Sales and Product Support, Michael McConnell. “We look forward to operating out of the Gainesville Regional Airport and bringing economic growth to a business friendly state like Florida.” McConnell was joined by the mayor of Gainesville, Pegeen Hanrahan, Florida State Representative Ed Jennings, and Airport Authority Chair Jim Stringfellow.