Eclipse Aviation Starts Move To Double Eagle Airport

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Eclipse Aviation will build a new 41,585-square-foot, two-story facility at the Double Eagle II Airport, on the west side of Albuquerque, the company said Tuesday. Once it's up and running by the end of this year, the new facility will house about 100 workers in a variety of roles, including training, flight support and administrative support. About half will be existing employees moved from the company's present facility, while the rest will be new hires. Eclipse now operates out of rented facilities at Albuquerque International Sunport, but plans to eventually build a complete campus of its own at the Double Eagle site, where the company owns 150 acres bordering the airport's technology park. Eclipse currently has 54 aircraft in production, and plans to ramp up to 1,000 per year once all of its new facilities are up and running. The Eclipse 500 very light jet was FAA certified late last year.