Eclipse Takes Demo Flights On Tour

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Eclipse Aerospace is taking its jet on the road for the month of January, and offering demo flights at $750 each, the company said this week. The demo includes about an hour of ground school with an overview of the twin-engine jet's systems and avionics, plus about 40 to 50 minutes of flight time. Potential flyers must pre-register and be pre-approved for the flights, CEO Mason Holland told AVweb. Those who find the jet irresistible and sign up to buy one can deduct the demo cost from their purchase price. The jet will visit a dozen sites across the country; click here for the complete schedule and an online registration form.

Eclipse says if there isn't a stop near you, just send them an e-mail and they'll do their best to accommodate requests. "We are continuing to build our 2012 schedule now, and we want to make it to as many customer-requested cities as possible," the company said in a news release. The company offers the Total Eclipse factory-refurbished jet and is also taking orders for the all-new Eclipse 550 version. The 550, which is not yet in production, will use the same airframe and powerplant as the Total Eclipse but with "significant innovations in most aircraft systems," the company says, resulting in lower operating costs and enhanced comfort and performance. The base price of the new 550 is $2.695 million, while the refurbished jets sell for about $2.15 million. AVweb's Russ Niles spoke with Holland about the airplane at the NBAA convention last October; click here for that podcast.