Refurbished Eclipse Jets Get An Upgrade

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Eclipse has retired its Total Eclipse series of aircraft, and instead will offer a new factory-refurbished twinjet called the Eclipse Special Edition, the company said this week. The SE, based on the original Eclipse 500, will include nearly all the features of the factory-new 550 jet, including a dual Avio integrated flight management system, anti-skid brakes, a new standby display unit, PPG glass windshields, an upgraded interior and a two-tone paint scheme. The SE jet also comes with a three-year factory warranty and maintenance program. That offer "further demonstrates our goal of simplifying aircraft ownership and providing clarity, convenience, and peace of mind for our customers," said Alan Klapmeier, CEO of One Aviation, the parent company of Eclipse.

The new product will simplify the buying process, said Ken Ross, president of One Aviation. "There are so many different configurations, options and completion levels in the Total Eclipse line that it's confusing for potential customers," he said. "In keeping with our goal to make purchasing and owning an Eclipse simple and transparent, we have introduced the Eclipse SE with the same standard features and available options as the new Eclipse 550." The Eclipse SE will sell for a base price of about $2.2 million.